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Oz the Great and Powerful - Film Review

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by Serena (subscribe)
Just a girl spreading the word about all the fun (and probably nerdy) things to do!
Published March 23rd 2013
But was it really so great?
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The newest Wizard of Oz movie spin-off.

I must admit at first sight it does seem rather out of character to be a Disney movie, but it is deemed a great and powerful movie and it does have its highlights, however I found that by the end of the movie, I wasn't entirely satisfied.

First and foremost, I'd like to point out that I am generally very nit-picky when it comes to movies, if something doesn't appear to make sense, or has particular reality issues, such as a hat that flies away within a tornado only to appear back again by its owner's side.

Another point is that there are a few loose ends and unanswered questions within the movie, such as why does only one witch get burnt by water (yes, it has been pointed out that she is a fire caster, which might be the reason why she doesn't like water) but to be fair, if her own tears burn her, how does she wash or shower, and if your own body's tears has the potential power to kill you, should you not have discovered some type of cure?

I was also disappointed to see that the movie was filled with many classic clichés that can be found in many movies, but they are clichés for a reason, and that reason being that they work so I can't criticise it too much. Although I would like to note that apparently half the characters have dreadful trouble with their eyesight as they appear barely centimetres away from characters who are hiding with fingers/wands/heads sticking out and make noises and yet still can't seem to find them.

Now to get with the actual filming of the movie, the scenes in Oz are incredibly technicolour. It is beautiful and expertly created of course, but it is as if you are watching a video game being played out. Some of the camera angles within fight or flight scenes seemed odd aswell, such as tilted close up shots or jumping changes of view within fights, which can seem strange at times.

Lastly the film is definitely a long one, going for about two/two and a half hours which is a pretty long time for a film to run.

Although it seems I have nothing positive to say about this movie, that is where you'd be wrong, there are some well placed references to the original Wizard of Oz movie, which is satisfying to notice as they are not explicitly pointed out. The actors/actresses all have their moments within the film but I would say a personal highlight of a character is Finley, (the winged monkey) who is absolutely adorable and to die for.

There are some good jokes and one-liners within the film which make for a good laugh, but overall I would rank this film as good, but not great.
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