I’m not going to go on and on about how much I love The Wizard of Oz. All right thinking people love the 1939 classic. After the huge Broadway success of Wicked there was bound to be a modern film version that returns us to this wonderful land. At one point there were several different studio versions of the Wizard of Oz (prequels, sequels, alternative takes) in production. First out of the gate is Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. While the name implies grandeur and delight, the movie fails to deliver.
I’m not going to go on and on about how much I love The Wizard of Oz. All right thinking people love the 1939. After the huge Broadway success of Wicked there was bound to be a modern film version that minds that well. At one point there were several different studio versions of a Wizard of Oz prequel in production. First out of the gate is Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. While the name implies grandeur and delight, the movie fails to deliver.
Pay no attention to the hole in the middle of Oz the Great and Powerful. While much of the film is admirable, James Franco is too hip, too modern and too in on the joke. While the rest of the cast are playing their (mostly thinly developed characters), Franco is winking at the audience and that’s just annoying most of the time.
On the other hand, the film is a magnificent tapestry of visuals and some of the characters work beautifully (Joey King’s China Doll provides the heart; Zach Braff’s Finley provides the real comic relief, and Rachel Weisz’s evil Evanora provides the gusto).
The man from Kansas has these sisters arguing. One has a fiery temper… literally!
OZ the Great and Powerful 3D premieres on March 8th and I am (in keeping with the fire theme) stoked to see it!
That looks positively exhilarating! Can’t wait!
Oz the Great and Powerful premieres on March 8th.
With Big Game spots for Iron Man 3 (above), Fast & Furious 6 and Oz The Great and Powerful (following the jump), Disney and Universal had some of the most noteworthy of this year’s Super Bowl ads.
The GeekScholars have reunited! After an amazing time covering the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, the crew is back, ready to report on a whole host of awesome film news, and strap in because this week’s show is pretty epic.
On this episode of GeekScholars Movie News, honorary GeekScholar, and comic book expert, Nelson, makes a return appearance to the show, as the gang dives into a whole bunch of information regarding the upcoming entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe including:Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Last but not least, the crew reviews one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, The Dark Knight Rises. For those of you who have not yet seen it, fear not, the in-episode review is completely spoiler-free. However, if you have seen the last Batman movie from Christopher Nolan, and want to hear the GeekScholars’ unedited thoughts about it (which include MAJOR spoilers, like the entire ending), stay tuned after the credits for a special post-show discussion.
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It looks like Sam Raimi has done it again – the trailer is intriguing… and gorgeous!
From Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead Trilogy, Spider-Man Trilogy) comes the story of Oz The Great and Powerful, about how a circus magician of dubious ethics became The wizard of OZ,s man behind the curtain.
Disney’s official description of the film follows the jump.