Like the dome home in which it is largely set, The House of Tomorrow takes some getting used to. But before long the distractions of its quirky concept fade away, and you find yourself settling in for a comfy stay with an appealing cast telling a home-spun tale of coming of age — no matter what your age.
Young teenager Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has grown up in a bubble — figuratively and literally. He’s been raised by his loving but overprotective grandmother Josephine (Ellen Burstyn), who home schools him, forbids TV and allows him only tentative contact with other kids — mostly the ones who come on school trips to tour his home, a geodesic dome designed by the legendary architect/philosopher Buckminster Fuller.
Except around here he’s known as “Bucky,” and it’s clear that in her youth Josephine was an adoring acolyte of Fuller, a full-on groupie who sat at his feet when he was alive, and now worships his memory and lives by his airy precepts (bromides like “We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims” and “Love is metaphysical gravity”). She’s made her dome home something of a temple to the Bucky Diety, and imbued Sebastian with the principles of her faith.
Only Sebastian is beginning to sense there’s a pretty cool world outside the dome — especially when a pretty girl catches his eye during a (FULL REVIEW)
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