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Date: 2017-07-16 23:29 (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Also, there was an original cut???

So when I was trying to find out what the hell had gone wrong with Tomorrowland, I found a video interview with Damon Lindelof where he talked about material that didn't make it into the final version of the film (they held a test screening of a much longer cut for friends and family and then pruned it ruthlessly based on their feedback), which turned out to include a piece of animated backstory that felt absolutely critical to me: "In just twenty short years, we will share this extraordinary place with the entire world." Hearing the mission statement explicitly articulated makes the very idea of Tomorrowland much less technocratic-exceptionalist—it comes off in the finished film as a private playground for the traditionally defined best and brightest, which as an aspirational, optimistic fantasy is pretty hinky, but as originally conceived this wonderful city of the future was always meant to be available to the rest of Earth, limited perhaps by its founding assumptions of straight white male science bros, but certainly not intended to pull strings from behind the scenes forever. That is not information I'd have left out. It makes me worry what else ended up on the cutting room floor.
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