Reviews and Problems with Oz The Great And Powerful
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Oz The Great and Powerful - 3D
11 June 2013
Conclusion: In my mind, there always will be only one 'Wizard of Oz,' but Disney's energetic prequel succeeds as a high-voltage kiddie action flick, nothing more. The rest of Sam Raimi's cluttered fantasy lacks whimsy and charm, and the entire enterprise is presented without much reverence or finesse. Though there's plenty of magic performed on screen, 'Oz The Great and Powerful' is hardly magical in tone or execution.
Excerpt: It’s likely that director Sam Raimi sees some of himself in “Oz,” the circus-magician-turned-prophesized-savior in the Disney fantasy Oz The Great And Powerful : He’s a great conjuror of illusion, asked to marshal forces beyond comprehension, but he’s an outsider, too, a mischievous little rascal who’s used to doing things his own way.
Summary: Great and powerful? More like merely good and enjoyable. Reining in his trademark dark excesses, director Sam Raimi’s prequel is both a satisfying set up to the 1939 classic and an appropriate homage. But while many modern audience members will be pleased that this is virtually shorn of musical interludes, it’s also light on lightness, save for James Franco’s near-permanent grin.
Excerpt: This prequel to the "Wizard of Oz" is full of mystery... the greatest being: why was it made? Special effects have come a long way, and "Oz the Great and Powerful" puts them to good use in a land saturated with colour, billowing landscapes and a yellow brick road with a 3D makeover. Hyper visuals are nice but this film needs more from its sweet story. The tale of redemption stalls, and non-human characters steal the show from the magician famous for charisma.
Excerpt: Det har väl inte officiellt utlysts en sagofilmstävling mellan Tim Burton och Sam Raimi, men jag är knappast först eller sist med att betrakta den förstnämndes "Alice i Underlandet" och den sistnämndes "Oz the Great and Powerful" som bidrag i just en sådan cinematisk kraftmätning.