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Bad prequel to "The Wizard of Oz". It starts in 1905 with James Franco (SERIOUSLY miscast) playing a con man/magician who works at a broken down carnival. Through circumstances too silly to relate he gets whisked away to the land of Oz. There he finds three sisters who over see everything--Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). They're waiting for a wizard to come help them defeat a wicked witch. They also throw in a "comic" flying monkey and a little doll made of china--that walks and talks of course.
It starts off on a small screen and in b&w and (when it hits Oz) the screen opens up WIDE and color kicks in. It LOOKS great--the color are hyper bright and the special effects are great--but that's about it. The story is slow, long and boring. There are plenty of gaps in logic, the comedy is dreadful and if contains those "cute" little "life lessons" that pop up in every Disney film. These messages are so heavy-handed even kids will probably find them obvious and stupid. Also, due to copyright issues, Disney had to change things in the movie. There are no ruby slippers and the scary flying monkeys from the original are now stupid-looking flying baboons. Acting doesn't help. Franco tries to be charming and sweet but comes across as obnoxious and stupid. Williams has nothing to work with, Weisz (unwisely) underplays her role and Kunis is a blank. I was bored out of my mind and couldn't wait for the movie to end. Kids might like it but I hated it. A 3.
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