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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful Movie Review (2013)

The Good: As expected, the visuals were very nicely done. Very bright and colorful to the eye. Zach Braff (aka "JD" from Scrubs) does a good job at being the comic relief as the side companion Monkey. Mila Kunis probably does the best job as far as acting in this film. (that's not saying much) She has the most interesting character that actually has some depth to it and character development. (still not saying much either) The Flying Monkeys were kinda cool. Definitely more veracious.

The Bad: Where to begin. I don't believe in James Franco as a legit actor. I don't know if he tries too hard, or not enough. *shrugs* The movie is long (about 2hrs). The beginning is interesting, middle is boring, and the end is just "okay". Without really giving anything away this movie could've used more connections with the original Wizard of Oz story, and that would be more so for the audience. While you may be interested in the Wizard's back story, you still want the movie to tie in more with the original. You don't really get that minus the appearance of Munchkins, Wicked Witch, and the Yellow Bricked Road. You may leave the movie feeling a bit incomplete and unsatisfied with this being a "prequel" of sorts.

The Reason: This movie really pushes the limits for being rated only PG. Please be aware that there are some scenes that may not be suitable for kids I'd say under the age of 9 or so. They talk about killing and having the streets run red with blood, and some of the scenes in the Dark forest may really give some young kids nightmares. It's not like this needed to be PG-13, but maybe more PG-10 or something. Oh and they actually show semi-graphic scenes violence but then cover it up in a non-violent way. You'll know it when you see it. The 3D effects seemed very forced in many areas. I'm disappointed. I'd honestly say wait for this one on rental.

The Rating: 6.5/10

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