Reviews and Problems with Oz The Great And Powerful
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Oz the Great and Powerful
Sound & Vision Magazine
31 October 2013
Excerpt: Good witches, bad witches, good witches who become bad witches; it’s all in a day’s work for the Wizard of Oz. The story of how the Wizard of Oz first arrived in Oz and became the great and powerful Wizard of Oz is chronicled in Oz the Great and Powerful.
Excerpt: I had heard some positive things about Oz the Great and Powerful and some negative things. So I was very curious to see how it would stand up in the Family Friendly Gaming Nation. In case you were not aware, Oz the Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
Oz The Great and Powerful 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)
20 June 2013
Excerpt: When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking.
Conclusion: While Oz the Great and Powerful does not recreate the magic of MGM's untouchable 1939 musical, it does fit the bill as above average big budget contemporary family fantasy cinema. Considering the large margin of error hanging over this production, the entertaining results are quite satisfactory and...
Summary: In the end we get plenty of spectacle, but we must avoid looking at the man behind the curtain, because, the film fails to capture the heart and soul which has made The Wizard Of Oz such an endearing and enduring classic.
Summary: 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.