A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.Written by
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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The visual innovation can't undo the poor and cliché script.
As a lover of the original Wizard of Oz, I can proudly say that I was NOT looking forward to this movie. Almost 100 years later, the Wizard of Oz still manages to charm people, as it should. So it was practically inevitable that Disney would go ahead with the prequel to the original. Disney has its ups and downs, and nowadays it seems to be downs. This could've been a good movie...maybe. The big downfall here is the script, but we'll get to all that later. This is another one of those "free-pass" type of movies. I got a theater card for my birthday, and thus I did not have to pay. So, as little reviewers do, I'm not going to play the "is it worth your money" card. This is just a pedestrian who happened to wander into a movie theater and watch a movie. Now I'm not going to say that this movie is a complete disaster, it does have its redeeming factors, including humor, and visual effects. But I the points of the movie that are bad bring it away from me recommending it to whoever reads this or whoever I discuss the movie with. This is just a money-grabber.
In this movie, there is a "wizard." Notice the quotations. He is a carnival wizard, so most of his acts are staged. This is how are movie begins, in the classic thin and hauntingly colorless screen from the original movie. It begins in a carnival, and this is how James Franco as the wizard is introduced. But, as it was in the original movie, disaster occurs. A tornado sweeps the wizard, or Oz, away into the wondrous land of...well, Oz. While there he is confused as a legitimate wizard from a prophecy that entails a wizard coming and saving the people of Oz from the Wicked Witch. But which witch is which? For Oz doesn't know, after he meets three different witches who put on their false appearances. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz (my personal favorite actress from the movie) play the three sisters slash witches. With the help of some friends, James Franco sets out to defeat the Wicked Witch and become the respected "wizard" that the people of Oz all hope for and deserve. So what is the problem here? Oh yeah, Oz isn't a real wizard.
As I mentioned earlier, the main problem with this movie is the script. The movie is extremely cheesy. Don't take me wrong, I can take cheese in the right dosages. But this movie has it all. It's got Parmesan cheese, sliced cheese, shredded cheese, cheese blocks, Romano cheese, Mac N Cheese, Cheez-its, Cheez Nips. EVERYTHING. The dialogue is just laughable. A good percentage of the movie me and my friend were laughing at how utterly ridiculous it was. Along with that the movie is cliché. There isn't much originality, and it is quite predictable. For the book times though, it wasn't predictable and it was very original, but this is Hollywood. Mainly every card has been played one time or another, and this movie just lays out all the cards like it's a casino table. Most of the time, I was predicting what was going to happen. Those are the main issues, along with a few visual effects spikes. But the movie isn't all bad. For the most part, the visual effects were stunning and inventive. The performance of Rachel Weisz was really a redeeming factor. The movie is amusing and entertaining with its humor. But it doesn't draw you in.
Overall, this is definitely a Disney movie for kids. Kids will enjoy this, and their parents probably. The movie is for sure amusing, but it isn't a good movie. I wouldn't recommend it, I'm not going to watch it again. The script is just too predictable and clichéd to be taken seriously.
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