Sound Off: Sam Raimi's 'Oz the Great & Powerful' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
March 8, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Are you the great man we've been waiting for?" In theaters now is the latest colorful Disney creation, Oz the Great and Powerful, returning audiences to same world as Wizard of Oz for the origin of the great wizard of Oz, played by James Franco. At the helm is Evil Dead/Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, and besides Franco, his cast includes Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as the three witches of Oz. How is this fantastic adventure? As meaningful as it is entertaining? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Oz the Great & Powerful.
To fuel the fire, I enjoyed some parts of Oz the Great and Powerful, but overall found the movie to be rather "meh". I'm glad I saw it, but I don't plan on seeing it again anytime soon. First things first, because it's a Sam Raimi movie, he does get all of his usual awesome style in there (from the horror scenes to POV shots to Bruce Campbell cameos) and I love seeing all of that. But beyond that, there's not much to it, I found myself a little bored by the story at and hand, while often just waiting for more action. The best scene is, of course, the final payoff and setup with the big smoke screen at the end. It works perfectly and I enjoyed the heck out of watching all that come together, but aside from the Sam Raimi spectacle I didn't really enjoy it.
What did you think of Oz the Great and Powerful? Disney at its finest, or a colorful disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
Brad White on Mar 8, 2013
I saw it last night and I really couldn't be more pleased. They're messing with a classic, of course, which is always dangerous. Given the circumstances, I don't know how it could have been done any better. Visually it was stunning. I love the portrayal of Oz as a greasy dirtbag, and who better to play that role? It paid proper tribute to the original movie, and shared similar themes, while still remaining somewhat original.
J Shampton on Mar 8, 2013
I liked it as did my wife. The kids in the theater must have liked it, they were very quiet. I wish I'd have seen it in 3D, several scenes were set up screaming for 3D effects. May see it again this time in 3D.
M Meerdter on Mar 8, 2013
I personally suggest it in 3D, I found it incredible. Especially the introduction to Oz with all the colorful plants and things! Among many, many other parts.
Erica Ganser on Mar 11, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D is like retinal crack! That's a good thing. Great movie!
Bryan on Mar 8, 2013
All I can say is, that I liked, but it could be a little better, specially with Disney evolved in project. Incredible in IMAX 3D, and loved the Small screen Black and White to Widescreen Color, that was the key to transport me to the original OZ.
Alex Gramlich on Mar 8, 2013
Good but not great. The CGI was amazing. I wish it was rated PG-13 and was a little scarier. They could have done more with the flying monkeys that way. I think Disney held back Sam.
Tyler Bannock on Mar 8, 2013
The CGI was horrible. Why would Sam Raimi use the same company, Sony Imageworks, that messed up the Spider-Man effects? He clearly should have turned to ILM.
vfxmonkey on Mar 9, 2013
Spider-man 2 has some amazing VFX
Daniel_Plainview_Milkshake on Mar 9, 2013
Did you even watch the movie?
Tyler Bannock on Mar 9, 2013
TTF on Mar 10, 2013
I concur. Visual Effects for this show was laughable. The monkey was a throw back to Jumanji.
Danny Dimian on Mar 10, 2013
I thought it was good, not great, had bad pacing and Franco could have been better but i enjoyed my time in oz.
Taylor Schriner on Mar 8, 2013
I really enjoyed it. Visually it was beautiful, and in 3D was very interactive. The story was good, very comedic with inspiring charactar developements. It did a good job as a prequel, and as a stand alone film it was col. Definitely would take my kids to it. Saw it with my Mom and Step Dad and they enjoyed it as well. Hope they do the sequel, but if not you're not left hanging. Thanks Mr Raimi, for a real cool ride through your cinimatically stunning land of Oz.
NJamesNC on Mar 9, 2013
Couldn't agree more James! Character development was very good.
Zack Barresse on Mar 9, 2013
I saw the 2D version last night, it was good. Not great. I know it won't ever be a classic like the original. It suffered from pacing in the beginning, and some of the acting going into the 2nd act was stilted. Mila Kunis got better as the movie went, but in the beginning it seemed like she was waiting for someone to feed her lines. I wish another director had taken h/her shot, Raimi did not seem inspired by this story. The script was well thought out within the framework of OZ, pace was a little slow, but overall I liked it for being family friendly. Just an opinion.
Random on Mar 9, 2013
Probably because I'm in my mid40's, but I thought it was great. Decent story, took time to set itself up, and then picked up steam with a huge finish. Did great justice to the original Wizard of Oz movie. My mom (76) and daughter (24) felt the same. My two sons (15) and (12) only thought it was ok.
Another Movie Critic on Mar 9, 2013
The movie was too long and dragged in many, many parts. The VFX were really bad. I know it's the same vfx house as Alice, but the VFX Supervisor is awful. He must have no eye for this kind of work. Definitely wait for Netflix.
Ralston on Mar 10, 2013
This was one of the best Disney movies i have ever seen! I am totally looking forward to seeing the the next movie!
Sean B. on Mar 10, 2013
Raimi has really ceased to be original a long time ago. He’s just rehashing one or two storylines over and over again masked with different characters. Darkman and Spidey 2 have the same storylines. As for Oz, the visual effects were really atrocious. It kept pulling me out of the film. The VFX Supervisor has no eye for it. Raimi should have hired Ken Ralston instead, the man behind Alice. Instead he got a B level supe. The story was too long and boring in a lot of places. The acting was stiff at times and poor. I’m so glad I didn’t take the entire family to see this. They’ll have to wait for Netflix streaming at best.
B Morriss on Mar 10, 2013
perfect example of everything wrong with Hollywood. Franco was there just for the paycheck. total waste of time and money
watcher_skys on Mar 10, 2013
I liked it. I didn't stand and clap at the end but I thought it was defiantly entertaining.
Emdub52 on Mar 10, 2013
zach braff was the best part of it for me tbh, without his humor this film would have been unwatchable.
Matthew Sam Russell on Mar 11, 2013
It is a kids movie people but..... I loved Kunis in her tight leather pants and boots, thats some hot evil witch. Trying to be politically correct with races felt funky and weird at the same time. Did they had affirmative action in Oz? Why there were no racial mixes among the couples? Caucasians rule in Oz too? See where I am getting...
MRG on Mar 11, 2013
dangeer on Mar 11, 2013
I watched the original the morning before I saw this and its so great, this movie was a pretty huge letdown for me. I love Mila Kunis in almost everything she does and it didn't work for me at all, I thought she was really not good in her role, the witches back story didn't make any sense and the way they behaved, especially Mila Kunis character was annoying, clingy for no reason then bitchy, while screaming and yelling. The CGI sometimes almost looked like a cartoon instead of hyper realistic. It tried to combine Oz, Harry potter, and idk Hansel and Gretel or something, honestly I thought Hansel and Gretel was a lot better. I also don't know about the books but I don't understand how it connects to the original, I mean Oz was in the real world as a circus magician that Dorothy met and she sent her back home but he stayed in OZ in this new movie, it just doesn't make any sense and pales in comparison to the original in every way possible.
MMAniac911 on Mar 11, 2013
Overall, decent film. My son enjoyed it (hasn't yet seen the original). My 67 y/o dad & I liked the nods to the original. Not repeat viewable, but not a show I regret. Only thing I really didn't care for was the extreme naivete of Mila/Theodora.
VAharleywitch on Mar 13, 2013
Good flick,good character development, the witches were HOT! good humor and Bruce getting more abuse.
Jimmy Love on Mar 16, 2013
it wasn't bad. I liked it, but it was far inferior to the 1939 film.
gern on Mar 18, 2013
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