A WICKED WITCH EMERGES… THEN DOESN’T DO MUCH
A few months ago, I saw The Wizard of Oz on stage. It was a fantastic show that inspired a viewing of the movie. It was a perfect day that set the stage for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.
I loved the first half of this movie. It’s always nice to return to an inspiring land like Oz especially with today’s technology. Oz has never looked better.
This is indeed the story of Oz but I felt a little disappointed in the Wicked Witch. She is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cinematic villains we’ve ever seen. When she finally does arrive in this movie, she makes a few threats then flies away. There is no wicked plot, no schemes.
The evil falls to her sister Evanora but she’s doesn’t accomplish much either. It’s clear most of the diabolical manipulations occurred before the movie begins.
When Oz arrives his quest is simple: Save the innocents from the Witches. It’s setup perfectly suited for his brand of magic and misdirection. Before he gets there, he must learn to leave his selfish womanizing ways behind. When he does, this film delivers a finale that will surely delight fans of the original. I enjoyed watching his schemes play out perfectly. However, I did have a problem with the Witches response.
Where is the fight ladies? His plan just works?
Oz: The Great and Powerful was tough to rate because I liked the movie overall. I just didn’t like the villains. The majority of obstacles the main character faces are from within. The Witches are supposed to be a threat but they aren’t. The only time he actually faces the Wicked Witch of the West she makes him dance against his will then flies away.
I think I would have been better off renting it.