Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

I love Sam Raimi and James Franco. They’ve even both been part of some excellent films together. I like Mila Kunis too. I’m not inherently opposed to the idea of prequels to famous works. So I was hoping this film would be good. But I found it a dull, flat, lifeless affair for the most part.

Franco is likeable enough, unlike his sidekick Zach Braff, but devoting two hours to a combination of witch politics and contextualising the Wizard of Oz himself was a poor idea for a film. This isn’t a compelling story.

The CGI land of Oz looks flat and reminded me of the Star Wars prequels in how clear it is the actors aren’t performing in a proper physical space. Raimi’s done great work with visual effects before, so I was particularly disappointed by this.

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There’s so little here, but it’s stretched over so long. I give it one hot air balloon, and a broomstick.

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