- Apr 10
- OZ THE GREAT AND THE POWERFUL: Film Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 10/04/13 at 06:12 PM
Director: Sam Raimi. Review: Adam Wing.
If I were to choose a colour to depict the last week of my life it would have to be green. Not only did I follow the yellow brick road to London (it was more like a railway track to be honest) to watch the hit stage show Wicked, based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, I also found time to slip into my ruby slippers and catch up with Dorothy in the classic 1939 film version, The Wizard of Oz.
So it seemed like a good idea to complete a hat trick of sorts (everybody else is doing them so why can’t I?), don my 3D glasses, jump into the nearest hot air balloon and cook up a storm with Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi (The Spiderman Trilogy) and starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis.
Your brain would melt if you tried to keep up with the contradictions, continuity and inconsistencies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in all its guises. There are so many differences between each version, both minor and major, ranging from name changes, family lineage, plot developments and death defying (not just gravity) denouements. Hell, even the ruby slippers were silver shoes in the original novel. Oz The Great and Powerful makes subtle changes too but it mostly plays like a prequel to the 1939 movie, depicting the magical birth of a less than powerful ‘wizard’...Continue review here.