Hey Buzzloves. I haven't been posting lots, but you know I always find ways to talk about TV shows and movies. I was covering a few shows, but I stopped cause of reasons. And I had my Friday Favorites last year, but that kinda died out, especially since I have class or work on Fridays now.. So yeah... I was like what can I do? And I thought opposed to my monthly movie reviews I used to do on my Friday Favorites, I would just do movie reviews as I watch them! Makes much more sense, right? Anywhos. I haven't seen too many movies since the year started. But I did just watch the highly anticipated Oz: The Great and Powerful this morning. Here goes my first full review!
I went into this movie excited because I've been waiting for a while, but also with some low expectations because I couldn't really see some of these people in the characters. Let me begin by saying I've never seen The Wizard of Oz. I know, I know, what's wrong with me? I don't know... It was never one of the movies I grew up watching, probably because I grew up watching Indian movies. But I did get to see Wicked years ago and I loved it. And, I mean, who doesn't know the basic concept of the original. So, I was not lost on what was going on. However, I kind of do wish I had seen the original, just cause. But without seeing the original, I couldn't really compare it up to that level, because I don't have it to compare against.
Aside from that I feel like it was always obvious who the wicked witch from the west was, from well, always. Just based off of the names of the characters, so I was a bit confused as to why they were trying to hide the fact. Anywhos about the actual movie now.
*** Spoilers ahead: Well some, go back if you don't want to know! ***
It started out as I believe it does in the original where Oscar "Oz" Diggs, played by James Franco, is in Kansas, aka the real world where he is a magician in the traveling circus. And he is kind of a player, and it drives him out of town, also a bit of a conman. There are a few characters to keep in mind at the beginning, cause they may just be important. He gets on a hot air balloon to get away from an angry circus dad who finds out he had a fling with his daughter. He thinks he got away in his balloon, but he heads right into the storm and atlas he's in Oz, a city named after him without knowing who he is... What? Umm ok.
Now we are in Oz, wherever they came up with the name and my is it beautiful. The movie was visually gorgeous. I would love to stroll through the Emerald City and skip through that Yellow Brick Road. Once in Oz, Oz is all like, 'what, where I be at?' In so many words anyway. And he is met by Theodora(Mila Kunis) who asks, then proceeds to tell him that he is the great wizard they have been waiting for. He gets excited because being the wizard they've been waiting for means he will be king and gets lots of gold. Woot woot, womp womp. Theodora takes him back to Evanora(Rachel Weisz), her sister, who tells Oz as long as he defeats the Wicked Witch, then he will be king. The story goes on to show his journey of finding the witch and taking his throne.
I don't want to give anything else away, I think I already gave away too much. But, I enjoyed the movie more than I thought. I love James Franco, but I wasn't sure if he was right for the part, but I really enjoyed his performance. He definitely tapped into his childhood, you can tell he was very giddy and excited. My favorite character in the movie was definitely Finnly/Frank(Zach Braff). I also enjoyed China Girl(Joey King), she was adorable! As was Michelle Wiliams, I thought she was cast perfectly for Glinda! Basically, the acting and visuals were great, the story itself, so-so.
The movie had a good balance of humor and action. It dragged at some points, and yet rushed at others. There were some things I didn't understand, for instance how the movie ended left me a bit confused. I shall discuss with those who watched, but yeah there were some kinks. Overall, I enjoyed it. If you don't know what to watch this weekend, give this a go. Like I said, it is very pretty, and the 3D isn't too bad. It's rated PG, so you can take the whole family!
P.S. If you guys have any better names for these posts, let me know! Michelle's Movie Corner, kinda sounds lame. My mind not that creative...
Do you plan on watching Oz: The Great and Powerful?
Or skip it and watch The Wizard of Oz again?