Movie Title: Oz the Great and Powerful
Director: Sam Raimi
Date Released: March 8th, 2013
Date Seen: March 10th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I wasn’t expecting much from this movie – and because of that, I wasn’t let down at all when it sucked. Really. Don’t go see it, unless you’re maybe 12 – 15.
The movie had several problems. The one I found the most obnoxious was that it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a serious movie or a funny movie. There were some slapstick type lines/scenes, and then also some very serious scenes. Related to this, the character development sucked. There was a moment when Oz (James Franco) has a very emotional moment, and realizes that he can do good, so you think ok, he won’t be so much of a dick now. But no, he goes RIGHT back to being a dick. So he’d go from serious scene, to dick scene, to funny scene, to dick again, maybe a serious one… ugh, it was just annoying. He was also not a character you really liked, because he was so much of a dick, so I didn’t really care what happened to him. That’s a problem when your main character is too much of an annoying prick throughout the whole movie so you just don’t care about him. Another “character” problem was the makeup on the witch who is revealed to be the “green” witch. Her mask is HORRIBLE. She looked like she was wearing “The Mask”. As in, the Mask from the Jim Carrey movie, The Mask.
Another problem was the CGI. The movie, if you just glanced at it – looked pretty. However, it was blatantly obvious when there was a green screen. It looked SO cheesy at times because of that. I also noticed that at times when Oz or Glinda (Michelle Williams) picked up the little China Girl (Joey King) that she didn’t appear to actually be touching their hands. Like, there was a clear space between the hand/shoulder/whatever and the CGI. This happened so many times that it took you out of the movie because you were distracted by it. I also watched one review, here, that pointed out that on the Yellow Brick Road they appeared to sometimes be hovering a bit above it, rather than actually standing on it. Really?! Also, if you watch the review I linked to – it’s SourceFed – one of my favorite Youtube channels, and I agree pretty much spot on with their review.
My final issue was the plot. I thought certain parts were way too long (the beginning black and white scenes), while other scenes that could have been very cool were way too short (they could have showed more of the Porcelain town/what happened to it). The lack of character development sucked. Characters seemed to go from State 1 to State 237, without any intermediate feelings or interactions. So, meh, didn’t care for it. I feel like young teen kids will enjoy this movie, but it just wasn’t for me.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
The character of “Oz” reminded me a lot of the character “Jason” in the BOOK “The Ultimate Gift”. I know that there is a movie as well, but they changed the movie so much from the book that the character is different. I hated that book because each chapter would start out with Jason being a dick, not wanting to do whatever his challenge is, being a dick while doing his challenge, figuring out that it is actually helping, be completely nice and thankful for the challenge, and then we’d start another chapter. Jason would start out being a dick, not wanting to do whatever his challenge is…. etc. It was the same formula every dang chapter. That whole “dick-resistant-nice-dick-resistant-nice” loop felt like the Oz character. That was probably why I hated the character so much.
The scene at the end of the movie was so awkward, when Oz and Glinda start making out. The dialouge was horrendous – but opened the door for a number of penis jokes. I don’t remember exactly some of it – but Oz was giving everyone gifts. He said he had a special one for Glinda. I leaned over to my sister and said “his penis.” He then takes Glinda behind the curtain and she says something like “it’s very tight in here.” I whispered “that’s what he said….” Then there’s a couple of awkward moments before they finally kiss. The whole time my sister and I are sitting making vulgar gestures with our hands. Then, someone blows a fanfare on the horn – and I said that’s the climax…. It was just too dang easy to make fun of!
Don’t bother. Maybe watch it if it’s on TV one day – but don’t pay to see it.