‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Review (Post #94)
Oz: The Great and Powerful is a movie that should be approached with as minimal expectations as possible. Since last summer I have been looking forward to seeing this movie. I knew it wasn’t going to be anything ‘Great’ but all I wanted to do was have a little fun and try to be absorbed into the Merry Old Land of Oz.’
Oz has a mix and match of good and bad. With every good moment I can find a bad and for me Oz: The Great and Powerful turned out to be an average film for me. The good, James Franco could be seen as very UN-relating or a terrible anti-hero but I found that he was true to the Oz character and I was very satisfied with him. Rachel Weisz as Evanora was also the only other actor I was happy with in this film. She was equally evil and seductive, making a well balanced antagonist. The world of oz was also quite a beautiful one. I loved the colors as well the inclusion of a small village known as Chinatown in which we are introduced to the inclusion of a very well manufactured CGI character, China Girl. The opening sequence in Kansas was also quite fun, presented in the original 4:3 B&W. And I can’t forget about the great opening titles. For some I recommend watching those titles on YouTube and not give Oz a second thought. I also appreciated the fact that the film didn’t end in a massive battle like so many of this film, but rather takes on Oz’s character and gives us some fun trickery.
Now the bad; Mila Kunis only respectable moments in this film were during her introduction as Theodora, but pretty soon after her role becomes to big for her britches and we can see that Miss Kunis is no character actor. I’d also love to say that Michelle Williams was in the good section of this review but she was rather flat and didn’t see much of a spark in her portrayal of Glinda. The story was filled with some very cliche jokes and some terribly written dialogue. There is also a very immemorable moments when the munchkins take on a very brief and cringe worthy song.
Overall this is a film made for kids. And if you wanna have a good time, you can. Just take along a younger sibling or one of your offspring and try to re imagine yourself seeing The Wizard of Oz for the first time. Will you be satisfied? Probably not, but you can still enjoy yourself if you don’t make this film live up to the expectations of your favorite childhood memories of the breathtaking Land of Oz. But if you have the choice of seeing something else, you aren’t missing much.
Re-Watch-ability: 4.5/10 (Accept for the kids)