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Oz The Great And Powerful Review

I have been waiting for this film for a while now, it seems like a neat idea and I like the cast involved, but what I was truly interested in was director Sam Raimi and what kind of powers he could bring to this film. I loved what he did with Spider-Man 1 & 2, but I didn’t quite like Drag Me To Hell so I hoped for a decent film with Oz The Great And Powerful. And I can easily say that this film is good one and worth your time.

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So the story of this film involves Oscar Diggs, circus magician who doesn’t have the best work ethics and is always looking out for number one. One day by chances he’s whisked away from Kansas to Land of Oz, a fantastic and colourful world. Here he is mistaken for a powerful wizard that will bring order to the land, since there are riches to be won he goes along with it and along his travels he comes across three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda who question his abilities. So Oscar along with his two new friends Finley and China Girl, must embark on a quest to find out the truth, and Oscar must use his magic skills and brains to sort things out before things get out of hand.

I thought the story was pretty nice, it was nicely paced and had a few twists and turns I didn’t expect. I liked Oscar’s story, he was easy to relate to and I liked the film’s focus on him and how interacted with the people of Oz. I also liked Sam Raimi’s direction on this film, you could tell it was his style with the grand scale of the film and the use of tension and jump scares too, also there were some nice verbal and visual references to The Wizard of Oz that I liked too. The story is certain places was a little lacking a predictable though considering the type of film it was I wasn’t too surprised.

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I think one of the key elements that make the film work is the characters. Let’s start with James Franco as Oscar Diggs, as said before he’s a magician who is only doing things for his own benefit. He comes across as a liar, a ladies man and has a way with words which messes with the emotions of the people around him. Though he was a bit of a jerk at first, over the course of the film we see him change from the start of the film to the end and finally become a creditable man. I thought Franco was great as the main character, while he was a bit cheesy at times he was charismatic and hilarious in the role. Then there’s Mila Kunis as Theodora, honestly while Ms. Kunis is remarkably pretty I wasn’t too fussed with her character due to the fact that I just didn’t feel like she connect to her role that well. She wasn’t terrible by any means, I just couldn’t get into her performance and later in the film it just gets a little to hammy for my liking.

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As for Rachel Weisz as Evanora she was pretty good, Ms. Weisz is one of the few women who can look beautiful forever, but putting that aside I enjoyed her role in the film too. Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch was also good too, Williams brought a soft, kind and charming approach to her character that I liked. Then there was Zach Braff as the voice of Finley/Frank. Now I’m not really a fan of Zach Braff especially NOT in Scrubs (I don’t see the obsession with that bloody show), however as Finley we was great, funny and not annoying in the slightest. Also Joey King was simply wonderful as the voice of China Girl, she was dead adorable and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to care about such a small character but King brought enough emotion in her voice for her to matter. There were also some nice contributions from Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell and Tony Cox as Knuck the Fanfare Player (he was the best!).

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The presentation of the film is pretty damn good. Visually the film is fabulous, the way in which the film is presented in black and white in a 4:3 aspect ratio before changing into the widescreen 16:9 ratio was a nice touch. There are some nice camera angles and interesting cinematography, also the CGI used was also very nice, it was wonderfully used to craft the world of Oz, though some of it is a little inconsistent and looks a bit questionable in some of the witch fights. and then there’s the soundtrack by the awesomeness that’s Danny Elfman, his compositions are slightly different from the usual style that he tends to use (I can usually recognize his sound immediately). His soundtrack for the film was nice and had a very grand and epic sound to it and I’m sure I heard some similarities to Elman’s work with Tim Burton like Edward Scissorhands or The Nightmare Before Christmas which Burton produced.

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In conclusion Oz The Great And Powerful is an interesting prequel to the classic film with enough of a story to justify its existence. While the film wasn’t as good as I’d hoped maybe due to my high expectations, but otherwise it’s a film with great performances from the cast and spectacular visuals. I’d say take a look at this film, it is the first film of 2013 which is actually worth a second viewing.

Rating: 7.5/10 (I recommend it!)

Well that’s my review of Oz The Great And Powerful, hopefully you enjoyed reading it! Whatever thoughts you have on the film drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 1

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first part of Films to look out for in 2013! In this blog post I will be listing a number of films that you should check out over the course of 2013. Now there may be some films that I leave out but that’ll be down to either the crazy amount of films out this year or the fact that I simply don’t care haha. Anyways I’ve talked long enough and myreelpov has already gotten her 2013 preview on her blog online already so let me get started with mine:

Gangster Squad

Release Date: January 11 (US), January 10 (AU & UK)

When I saw the trailer for this film a little ago in the cinema I felt a mixture of interest and annoyance. I mean while I am up for crime-based films, it does feel like these films are constantly just emerging from the woodwork. Ever since Boardwalk Empire and Public Enemies, these kinds of films have increasingly popped up in the cinema especially these ones based on true stories. But anyway if Gangster Squad is worth watching then I guess I won’t mind another crime film. The cast looks solid including Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn, plus the trailer looks cool with some kick ass action sequences and some nice drama so I can’t wait to see it on the weekend.

The Last Stand

Release Date: January 18 (US), January 25 (UK)

I’ve been following the film since its announcement and I seriously want it to be badass. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my favourite actors ever and the fact that he’s getting back into the world of cinema just excites me. I was pleased with his contributions to The Expendables 2 and when I saw the trailer for The Last Stand I was hyped, I mean it did just look like another action film and could just be pants. However it’s Schwarzenegger’s first leading role in a film since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. The film looks like fun and takes the time to poke fun at Schwarzenegger’s age so hopefully it’ll be action-packed with the right amount of humour sprinkled in.

Movie 43

Release Date: January 25 (US & UK)

I saw the trailer for this film online and I just thought holy man how many famous people are there in this film? Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gerard Butler, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, DAMN! That’s a lot of actors and actresses and that’s around half of the people involved in this film. I don’t usually don’t run out to watch comedy films in the cinema but this one actually looks interesting. Now with all these famous faces in one place it could just all just cave in on itself and suck, but here’s hoping that Movie 43 is a good watch.

Parker

Release Date: January 25 (US), March 8 (UK)

I’m not overly fussed about Jason Statham but Parker this one looks cool. Thrillers are always worth a watch in my opinion and this seems like the most interesting Jason Statham in a while, now I don’t hate the guy by any means but I’ve never felt the need to watch any of his films in the cinema (besides The Expendables 1 & 2), but with the addition of Jennifer Lopez and some cool action scenes too, I may actually be entertained by this one. Plus J Lo hasn’t been in many films for years so it’ll be interesting to see how she fares in this film,

Bullet to the Head

Release Date: February 1 (US & UK)

I don’t care want anyone says, Sylvester Stallone is still cool and any film he’s in these days is worth my attention. It’s been great seeing him continuing to do action films even though he’s getting on in years; however I think it is commendable that he continuously keeps moving. But anyway onto the film, to be honest in the trailer I get that ‘been there seen that’ kind of vibe from the plot, but it still looks like a fun little action film with some cool fights scenes and an interesting partnership between Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang. Anyway as long as Bullet to the Head doesn’t suck and is entertaining then I say game on!

Warm Bodies

Release Date: February 1 (US), February 8 (UK)

Before watching the trailer I heard a lot of talk about Warm Bodies and heard it was going to be the next Twilight film or something, and I thought to myself “Oh dear god!” Though after I saw the trailer for the film I didn’t think it was that bad and the comparison to that horrible vampire film franchise is unfair. This film seems to be a comedy with love elements in play, while some of the humour-filled scenes in the trailer were worth a few chuckles I wasn’t too keen on a lot of it and the whole love story felt absurdly cheesy and seems like the one element I won’t like too much in this film. However I curious to see how Nicholas Hoult fares in this film after his good work in X-Men: First Class.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Release Date: February 14

To be honest I’m not sure how I really feel about this film. One side of me says “I don’t give monkeys about Die Hard anymore, why is it still going?” But another part of me says “Oh, another Die Hard film, might give that one a watch.” I don’t know, when I heard that there was gonna be a fifth entry in the Die Hard film series I shook my head just wondering what is going on at Hollywood. I don’t really like the whole father and son team-up thing, but who knows it could be fun, I guess we’ll see when February rolls around.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Release Date: March 1 (US), March 22 (UK)

I always find it crazy how filmmakers can take classic fairy-tale stories and blow them way out of proportion; this is especially evident with Jack the Giant Slayer. It seems like there is more than one giant above the clouds and they want to invade the world below and when this princess finds herself set flying into their territory via a giant beanstalk the giants then have means of travel between worlds. I like the way this film is taking several of the classic elements of the story and giving us such a different take on the source material, plus it has my man Ewan McGregor so that’s cool, plus there’s Stanley Tucci and its being directed by Bryan Singer so this sounds like a winning combination in my book. Let’s hope that the film doesn’t disappoint.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Release Date: March 8 (UK & US)

This film automatically has two main things that has me interested; 1) It’s got James Franco and 2) It’s directed by my man Sam Raimi who made the Spider-Man trilogy (though most only count film 1 and 2). Those two factors along have me interested in this film. I then saw the trailer and it wasn’t what I was expecting. The film is very big and colourful and full of CGI, and I was getting horrible vibes of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (If you didn’t know already I didn’t like that film at all). Well this prequel to The Wizard of Oz sounds interesting if it can be pulled off correctly.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Release Date: March 15 (US & UK)

I had heard about this film online somewhere as one of the films to look out for in 2013 and I just watched the trailer for it and I can see why. This film looks hilarious! I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of magic and illusion and I’m always down for a good laugh and this film seems to have both. I also the three main cast members Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey are people I love watching in films so this should be a fun film to watch in the cinema.

Carrie

Release Date: March 15 (US), April 5 (UK)

Now I’ve heard countless things about original 1976 adaptation of Carrie but I’ve never seen it. I’ve seen the many references in many TV shows to the point where I’ve almost seen the entire film already. Apparently the original was very well-received, so when I hear that theirs a remake on the horizon I can’t help but roll my eyes in horror due to the fact that most remakes suck terribly especially in the horror genre. But since the lead is being played by Chloë Grace Moretz I want this film to do well. Ever since Kick-Ass she’s been showing up in more and more films, and the teaser trailer while not really displaying much really does set a very creepy and violent tone. So again I’m hoping that this third film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel will actually be worth watching.

The Croods

Release Date: March 22 (US & UK)

Funnily enough I doubt there will be any animations that’ll make me overly excited to go to the cinema this year. Though The Croods looks alright, it seems like another interesting take on the prehistoric era with charismatic characters in the form of cavemen. The visuals look good and the humour seems jokes too, I hope it’ll be good though.

Alrighty well that’s the first part of my film guide for 2013. I think I will limit myself to 12 films per blog post. So are any of your films on this list? Leave me a comment below and let me know yo! Join me again next time when I give you part 2 of my films to look out for this year yo!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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