Monday, March 18, 2013

We're Off to See the Wizard

Oz The Great and Powerful
I had such high hopes for this. But really after all the previews, how could I not, since they made it looked awesome. Except, I'm sad to say, and I was awfully disappointed with it.

You know how when you watch The Wizard of Oz now you think, "Wow, how did I not realize how cheesy this was growing up?" That's how this entire movie felt, except there was no way for me not to notice it. We saw it in 2-D, but still were subjected to the cheesy 3-D effects over and over. Also, remember how fake everything looks in the original? It felt the same way here. Except it felt fake because the CGI was so overdone. I mean as bad as the horse of many colors looks in the original, it looks so much worse here.

Then there's the fact that James Franco and Mila Kunis again seemed fake in their acting. It was almost if they were laughing at themselves while doing it. I was at least a fan of Michelle Williams as Glinda though.

Maybe I'm missing something, and maybe the point way to make a cheesy movie as somewhat of a homage to the original. But I think what they had to work with (the story line does stay fairly true to the book from what I remember when I read most of the Oz books in college), they could have made such an amazing movie. And it is awfully disappointing that this is what they chose to do instead.

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  1. Awe, I loved it! I was also expecting cheesy. Ha ha

  2. Really? I read the NY times review (but they hate everything, so I took it with a grain of salt) - bummer, maybe I'll just wait for the DVD...