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Oz the Great and Powerful


A lot of geeks are excited about the Disney purchase of the Star Wars franchise, believing that Disney can bring the saga forward into the future. There are some, however, who doubt that Disney can pull this off.

Master Yoda's hand.

So to give you an idea of what Disney can do to a franchise, here's what they did to Oz: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Uh... never mind.

1. The good
As a writer, I love the way the story was written. If you're familiar with the original tale (either the books by Frank L. Baum or the 1939 flick that starred Judy Garland), you would definitely appreciate the parallelisms drawn.

James Franco's performance is also noteworthy, as he was actually able to carry the film. He still flashes his pretty-boy smile here, because that's what he's paid to do.

"Wait, they promised I'd be the next Heath Ledger!"

2. The bad
I hated the costume design. I don't know why they gave the monkey a bellhop costume, or why Mila Kunis looks a lot like Carmen San Diego. And I wish they could at least have made the townsfolk of Oz look like Game of Thrones characters.

Multi-racial, but still definitely white.

3. The ugly
Everyone knows that the best special effects are the seamless ones that never once break the illusion of reality. This film breaks it like every five minutes or so. And that's not good for Sony Imageworks.

As a prequel, this film is okay. But as a stand-alone film, it's not. But then who'd want to watch a stand-alone film about Oz?

I'd watch it as long as it's in 3D.

Oz the Great and Powerful. USA. 2013.

Original rating: 6.3 / 10
No sexy shots of Rachel Weisz: - 0.1
No sexy shots of Michelle Williams: - 0.1
No sexy shots of Abigail Leigh Spencer: - 0.1
Mila Kunis as a hideous witch: - 0.1
Using the old cinematic aspect ratio in the first part: + 0.2
Sam Raimi's directing: + 0.1
Final rating: 6.6 / 10

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