Great? Not so much.
Everyone knows the story of the Wizard of Oz (if you don’t I really don’t know how you can tie your own shoes let alone click around on the web). Some of you know the story of Wicked, how the witches came to be in Oz (more of you should familiarize yourselves with that story). This movie tells you the story of how Oz became the Wizard.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
I just read that synopsis for the first time as I cut and pasted it. The second word is what I was thinking throughout the entire film. While the movie was not “fantastic” it definitely was “fantastical”. Like Oscar Digg’s magic tricks the movie uses a sleight of hand to make you think it is an amazing film. That sleight is the wonderment of the cinematography, the VFX and the CGI. When you go see this film (note I said when not if) you must pay the extra for the IMAX and the 3D. I know, I have never recommended that for any film (other than Harry Potter), but this time it is truly worth it.
After the movie my friend and I discussed the fact that either the acting seemed stilted and forced or the writing was off. But that word “fantastical” came coming up and perhaps that is all a part of it. I am definitely going to see it again with the mind set of seeing a “fantasy” film and not an Oscar Winning film.
Three Diet Cokes