Oz: The Great and Powerful Wasn’t Wicked At All

April 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Oz: The Great and Powerful Wasn't Wicked At All

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?

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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.

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Oz: The Great and Powerful Wasn't Wicked At All 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.  http://youtu.be/Dp7jQlXBJNg  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.   http://youtu.be/bYCiDnJC4Wk  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.  Click here for more reviews.

Oz Upgraded from ‘Maybe’ to ‘Must See’ Thanks to The Wizard of Oz on Stage

February 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

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A WEEKEND IN OZ

Oz: The Great & Powerful is nearly here but I never really bought into the hype.  I think part of the reason is the film’s association with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  It’s not really fair for another movie to contribute to my opinion of Oz but they are similar in so many ways.  Specifically in the magic they both attempt to recreate.  I understand Alice made tons of money worldwide but it didn’t deliver on the nostalgia I was expecting as a fan of the original Disney animated classic.

So I was skeptical of Sam Raimi’s attempt to do the same with Oz. (Even though I’m a big Raimi fan.)

This trailer actually sparked my interest thanks to a single shot at the end.  The wicked Witch of the West always makes her appearance engulfed in flames and smoke but it’s never looked this good.

Oz Upgraded from 'Maybe' to 'Must See' Thanks to The Wizard of Oz on Stage

I love classic movie villains and the Wicked Witch is one of the most iconic of all time.  Suddenly, the idea of a return to Oz seemed far more intriguing.  Perhaps this prequel to the 1939 classic can deliver a worthwhile return to the Emerald city and beyond.

Yet, while the image definitely sparked my interest in the film, I still wasn’t convinced.

Like millions around the world, I grew up adoring The Wizard of Oz.  It was staple in our movie collection.  A tradition.  So when my wife surprised me with tickets to see the new stage play I was ecstatic.  It had been a few years since I saw the film and I was extremely excited to see the story play out on stage.

Oz Upgraded from 'Maybe' to 'Must See' Thanks to The Wizard of Oz on Stage

THE WIZARD OF OZ ON STAGE

It didn’t take long before I was transported back to the land of Oz.  Before the play even began I remembered just how much I loved Dorothy’s quest to find her way home. Every scene, every song and every character brought back memories form my childhood.

As the play progressed, I began to think more and more about Sam Raimi’s new film.  I found myself excited to see it for the first time.  Why not experience a brand new tale in theaters?  By the end of the first act I was sold.  Oz: The Great and Powerful was officially a must see.

The play itself was amazing featuring a great performance by Danielle Wade.  The winner of the Over the Rainbow reality show created to find the new Dorothy.  The rest of the cast rounded out a night of spectacular performances even though one song was missing…

Perhaps it’s too much to expect someone to step in to Bert Lahr’s shoes paws.

BACK TO 1939

When we got home I put on the original movie and watched the adventure again.  Full circle.

Suddenly, I had all the inspiration I needed to buy into the hype for the new Oz.  I had seen all the trailers, the musical on stage and revisited the original film.

I don’t know if Oz: The Great and Powerful will truly capture the magic of the land over the rainbow as I remember it.  Until my weekend in Oz, I was more than happy waiting to rent the film after it’s theatrical release.  That’s no longer the case.  I’ll be in a theater as soon as I possibly can to find out first hand what Oz is like nearly 75 years later…

Oz Upgraded from 'Maybe' to 'Must See' Thanks to The Wizard of Oz on Stage

Oz Upgraded from 'Maybe' to 'Must See' Thanks to The Wizard of Oz on Stage

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10 Flicks: Best Movie Fantasy Worlds

March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

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FANTASTIC WORLDS

There have been so many classic films that have transported us to incredible new worlds and introduced us to people and places we’ve never seen before.

Many people will argue over which fantasy movies rank among the best of all time.  I would argue that The Lord of the Rings is at (or near) the top of many of those lists.  However, I’m not going to rank the best fantasy movies.

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Instead, here are 10 AMAZING FANTASY WORLDS that took hold of our imaginations forever:

HONORABLE MENTION: The Chronicles of Narnia,  Monsters Inc.

The Matrix Trilogy
The Matrix

The Wizard Of Oz
Oz

The Dark Crystal
Thra

Alice In Wonderland
Wonderland

Harry Potter
The Wizarding World

Peter Pan
Neverland

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Toon Town

Pan’s Labyrinth
Underground Realm

Avatar
Pandora

The Lord of the Rings
Middle Earth