I still get mad at Star-Lord for ruining The Avengers’ chances of taking out Thanos in Infinity War because he was all emotional about Gamora. But, apparently, this new Chris Pratt movie has NOTHING to do with any of that. Or with dinosaurs. Or even Indiana civil service. Why are we watching this again? Oh right, ‘splosions! And time travel! And malignant space creatures!
In The Tomorrow War, Pratt is a teacher, who is drafted to go BACK TO THE FUTURE with a group of time travelers to fight a war against space aliens hellbent on wiping humanity off the face of the earth. Pratt’s character is taking the place of his wife, played by Betty Gilpin, in the draft (insert the “I Volunteer As Tribute” meme here.) He’s also doing it to save the future for his daughter (wipes tear from eye.) He’ll have to team up with his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) and a scientist (Yvonne Strahovski, from Chuck and The Handmaid’s Tale) along with what I assume will be a ragtag bunch of misfits to make sure we humans have a future to look forward to.
Amazon is really pushing for that Independence Day hooah feeling by releasing this movie on July 2nd. I’m not going to lie, I will absolutely be watching this movie in the spirit of Independence Day. Lego Batman’s Chris McKay as director means I will probably laugh at Pratt’s reliable delivery of one-liners, and cheer when the humans inevitably prevail. And after the credits roll, I will probably nod my head and agree that this was, indeed, a thrilling sci-fi adventure. But, I have to ask, if the only prerequisites for saving the world are a set of abs and witty retorts, does this mean we can replace Pratt with Elliot Page going forward? Because that’s a future worth saving!