OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013) : REVIEW
March 10, 2013
"I don't want to be a good man. I want to be a great one."
Remaking classic and successful movies is an 'it' thing for Hollywood nowadays. But, they have to know that there're some off limits and I would say that Victor Fleming's 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" is one. But, Sam Raimi along with Disney make it anyway, with some mixture of the original L. Frank Baum "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" but still taking its twists, creating a so-called prequel, taking us back on the yellow brick path. It's before Dorothy, before Oz, before everything. The question is, will it at least make it to the base expectation?
The answer is simply no. From what I know, I enjoy Dorothy's land-crash into the land of Oz better than Alice's rabbit-hole fall. I'm a big fan; I've read the e-book, I've watched the broadway (Wicked), and I've caught the glimpse of Fleming's infamous work. I had quite an expectation on this movie, hoping it'll somehow help me back to the land of Oz over again, but the expectation didn't pay off well. Though there're still good aspects in this movie, but they won't easily cover. But, I do love seeing Munchkins again.
Bottom line, Oz The Great and Powerful is OK, but I can't like it. It's just acceptable, mostly because of the visual effects and the 3D. Other than that, it's nothing. Even the moral value is vague. But, I still recommend you to watch it because it's still enjoyable to watch.
RATING : 3 OUT OF 5