If you loved Oz the Great and Powerful, you'll probably be calling me names and spitting on my shoes after you read this review.
In a word: Meh.
It had none of the charm of the Wizard of Oz. And it gave only timid nods to its predecessor.
But the kids in the audience seemed to like it so maybe it was more for their demographic. Still, considering it was Disney, I expected better graphics and CGI.
The CGI was flat and they seemed to overcompensate with color rather than depth. The acting was so-so. But Mila Kunis (Theodora) was the wrong actress for this. All I could hear was her character from That 70s Show.
Poor Rachel Weiss wasn't given any meat in her role so she was wasted. James Franco (Oz) was acceptable in the title role but I couldn't help thinking this was better suited to someone else. He tried, but he lacked the charisma of Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, or even Adrian Brody.
Perhaps the best characters in the movie were the China Girl and Finley (a flying monkey). At least my interest returned whenever they were on screen. The rest of the time I felt on the verge of nodding off.
Speaking of flying monkeys, this time the bad guys were flying baboons. Considering how much the flying monkeys of the original gave me nightmares, the baboons barely rated a cringe. I don't expect any nightmares from these imaginings.
The base story was sound and that should've been enough to make me care about what happened next. Instead, I was chomping at the bit for the movie to hurry up and finish.
The Wizard of Oz is a family favorite here. But this 'prequel' offers none of the charm or originality of its granddaddy. I hate to be so harsh, but I had so looked forward to this movie--and it disappointed me.
If you have little kids, they'll probably enjoy it. But if you're looking for some of the depth and emotion of the original, rent The Wizard of Oz instead. They don't make them like they used to.
Have you seen this movie? Did you like it?
I wanted to see Hansel and Gretel but it's already left our area so we'll have to wait for the dvd. If anyone has seen that one, I'd love to know what you thought of it.
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