Excerpt: Somewhere along the line I wonder whether either Raimi or screenwriters David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner didn’t stop and say, “we’re simply throwing in too much into Oz the Great and Powerful”.
Excerpt: Maybe diehards and protective purists, those who object to even the long-accepted liberties that the MGM musical takes, will feel that way about this. Judged on its own, however, as pricey spectacle cinema, this new Oz is quite all right, entertaining with its clever storytelling, tasteful parallels, and agreeable spirit.
Excerpt: …director Sam Raimi…gives Baum’s world a 3D/CGI/origin story spin that has more life and imagination than it’s seen in over 70 years, even if the modern technology used to achieve it is often less than satisfying.
Excerpt: After such a strong opening, Oz, the film, loses almost all its momentum as it has to go through the necessary steps to get Oz, the man, started on his quest. This makes for an ungainly stop-start structure which makes the whole first half feel like one long prelude and frustrates Raimi’s natural ability as a storyteller, one which is dependent on maintaining as much forward motion as possible.
Excerpt: “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a fantasy grand slam, a lavish, epic fantasy that pulls you into its imagined world so convincingly you’ll think you arrived by tornado. This movie also boasts some of the best 3D since “Avatar,” and people who don’t pony up the extra money for the 3D really will be losing out.
Excerpt: Never content to let a classic lie, the next-worst thing to remaking a film is making a pseudo-prequel. Oz the Great and Powerful proves that commercialism doesn’t care what greats it diminishes as long as it makes a quick buck.
Excerpt: As a family entertainment, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful is the stunning feast for the eyes visually and should be digested as smoothly as cotton candy on a summer day at the amusement park. No one can argue with director Sam Raimi’s take on the festive and legendary Land of Oz where magical memories and childhood reminiscences are recalled and revered.
Excerpt: I appreciated returning to the world of Baum’s novels and the 1939 film, even if meant wading through a lot of CGI gobbledygook to get to the good stuff. Mostly, however, it was those first few minutes that won me over.
Excerpt: Oz the Great and Powerful is about a good of a job as one could have ever hoped for, excelling in its imagination of character but falling short in its execution of plot. How great it is though, to see a re-make/re-visit done with such respect for what has come before.