Oz The Great and Powerful Movie Reviews
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2 1/2 stars. First, I never cared one bit for the Original Wizard of Oz. As a kid, I thought it was totally boring. Thankfully, this movie really has nothing to do with the original movie, other than the guy in this movie is the Wizard of Oz.
This movie is perfectly fine for kids 7 and up. My 7 year old liked it. Not too scary. Enough to keep the kids on their toes, but not enough to freak them out.
From an adult's standpoint, the first half hour was very boring. Very boring. However, it thereafter picked up a lot of steam and was fun.
If you are caught up in the prequel crap and closely analyzing how this movie matches up with the original, you need to get a life. It's a movie. Nothing more. It's worth seeing in a theater.
First of all, almost all of us have seen the Judy Garland version of the Wizard of Oz, and know and love the story. The later, Wiz version (80's) of the movie wasn't worthy squat, and this one is going to firmly be mired between these two.
What was amazing, is that with the superb CGI quality other movies have shown, we know they can be good, but here we are fed a very bad version of it in this show. Example: there are numerous times when Franco is supposed to be looking at the little porceline girl and emoting...well, almost any emotion - instead you notice he isn't really looking 'at' the girl, just generally in that direction. Also, when she is carried by a human, it's too obvious it is just painted on the screen with pixels, and no real effort to have all the effects of the animated character impact anything around it.
Acting? The standard over-the-top blech that seems to be de rigeur these days instead of real acting, was practiced most by Franco, and pretty much by the rest. This isn't the overly-earnest Dorothy, but the worst of carny shamaturisms carried from the canvas tent to Oz, by the shyster who becomes The Oz. The one decent job was done by Mila Kunis, going from a good-ish witch with great intentions but bad genes, to a Really Mean Witch-sister.
Sorry, but this rates a Big No-No from me, especially if you waste your money on the 3D version. It's a real disappointment. See it on your 42in. at home, if you must.
"It wasn't a great movie, but it was a good movie." Not worth all 5 stars, but an O.K. movie to watch this weekend. I disagree with comments posted about special effects. Those were fantastic. Some of the effects looked fake, but I thought that was intentional and an homage to the original Wizard of Oz. The title sequence done in old fashion "diorama" style gave hints that this was a movie that would be influenced by the old turn-of-the century, slight of hand, carnival style of visuals. ....and for those who can't decide 2 or 3D, the title sequence is very much enhanced by the 3D effect. An example of the FX specialists' fantastic skills are illustrated by the porcelain girl. She was so skillfully drawn and executed that her (and the monkey's) acting skills far exceeded those of the human actors.
This is area where the movie faltered. Franco and Kunis and the rest are normally skilled actors, but they played their roles one-dimensionally. Franco, as Oz had to play a smarmy carnie, a jerk, a lothario, a dummy, a wise man, and a gold-hearted wizard and pull the wool over both his fellow travelers and us, the audience. We saw this multi-role done skillfully by Jonny Depp in the original Pirates of the Caribean. But unfortunately Franco was just smarmy-funny-goofy throughout the movie. Same with Kunis. I never felt that she fell in love, or that her heart broke or that she became the evil witch...she played her part the same throughout the entire movie and only the green make-up gave us clue that she was evil.
So if you like fun, interesting special effects and luke-warm acting skills go see the movie.
Like a lot of people In United States, I love the story of Wizard of Oz and I have seen countless films that try to re-imagine this wonderful story. I was excited to see this film and I hoped that it will not disappoint me, unfortunately it did and I do not think this film is worth seeing on the big screen. The film is visually over-crammed and I developed a pretty bad headache while I was watching this film. I also thought that the story did not really bring anything new and it answered questions that nobody was asking, so really the film felt kind of pointless. The film did not have any soul or real emotion and I felt that the makers of this film knew that and tried to hide this fact with visuals, but that did not really fool the audience.
I had very high expectations of this film, I mean Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite story and I was eager to see how Hollywood reimagined it. Well, I have to say that I was very disappointed with it, the film definitely did not live up to my expectations. THe film had no soul and no heart, it was one of those inflated Hollywood balloons full of special effects and overwhelming visuals. It was obvious that the director was trying to distract the audience from the fact that the film is emotionally empty with flash and spectacle, it was sad to watch. Overall, I do not recommend seeing this film in the theaters, it is not worth your time or money.
The story of this movie is pretty decent - occasionally it's downright amazing - but one thing I thought was really lacking in the film was the amazing CGI you'd expect from a movie with such a huge budget (almost $200 million) and that is produced by Disney. The thing I didn't like about some of the most climactic moments was how it was so obvious that the actors were superimposed in front of a digital background. I think that really takes away from the whole experience and makes you think that you are watching a movie instead of seeing something that's really happening. James Franco is pretty good as Oscar/the Wizard, but I think he kind of overdoes it in parts. I would also say that the whole thing about the three women/witches trying to win him over is kind of cheesy, but I get it in terms of mainstream Hollywood. It's alright, but probably not a big deal if you wait for the DVD.
It was really hard for me to make up my mind on this movie because it is, after all, kind of prequel to what many people would consider to be the most beloved movie of all time. I think on its own terms, however, it is really beautifully done and deserves to be seen on the big screen. The cast is what makes the movie work. I love James Franco - he really knows how to play different parts and this one suits him to the T. It's also one of the few roles he's done where he doesn't have to be an alternative kind of guy, lol. The three actresses are also superb, but Rachel Weisz takes the cake as far as I'm concerned. She is just an superb actor. Michelle Williams will melt your heart as Glenda the Good witch and Mila Kunis is pretty good too (though frankly I wish there were less of her in the film). I also think the movie should have had a few songs in it, just like the original.
Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is a big (actually, huge) budget movie from Disney that tries to be as much like the most beloved movie of all time. It is and it isn’t, is all I can say – and not necessarily for the reasons you might think. When all is said and done, this is a satisfactory picture on its own terms. Viewed as pairing to The Wizard of Oz, however, it lacks the simplicity to make it a true classic.
As you might have heard, the Wizard of Oz is really a fraud. He’s but a megalomaniacal small-time magician who cons his way into power by perpetrating tremendous fraud upon those eager to be duped.
He is also a bit of a ladies’ man. Known in his pre-wizard days as Oscar, he is a sly con artist who finds himself the object of the competing affections of no less than three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glenda (Michelle Williams). They crave him not only for his hidden powers, but to see if he really will be the one to save Oz from the dark cloud of Evil.
The film works best when it focuses on Oscar’s backstory – where and why he came from and how he hopes to satisfy his own ego by conquering not just Oz but three powerful witches. It gets a bit too gimmicky when the witches start to try and outdo each other for Oscar’s attention, but Raimi knows when to rein it in before it gets too silly.
Then again, this is the story of wizards, witches, and yellow brick roads. Its somewhat disappointing CGI aside, silly is the name of the game in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz.