'Oz the Great and Powerful'
(James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, et al / PG / 130 mins)
Overview: A mischievous magician gains the wisdom to become a powerful ruler after being swept away to a land of magic and mystery as director Sam Raimi and screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) explore the genesis of author L. Frank Baum's enduring tales of Oz. Shady illusionist Oscar Diggs (James Franco) enchants curious audiences at a Kansas circus.
Verdict: 1939 Wizard of Oz has been my favorite movie since I was a kid. So,I had really anxiously awaited the premiere of this movie, and had hyped it up in my head. This could be the reason I couldn't shake the feeling of being let down. Overall I really enjoyed the movie. I felt that some of the scenes were horribly corny. Especially in the beginning of the movie.
I saw that they were trying to pay homage to the original, and give people like me the sense of nostalgia, but also reach to newcomers and show off the new movie technology and 3D. I just didn't think they married the two quite right. Close but no cigar. I respect the effort.
My only other complaint was the plot depth of the witches..that left me wanting to see a bit more of they back stories, to how they got to the point at which they were in the movie. Fell a little bit flat for me there. But the story is plausible, and did a good job filling in lines of how the wiz got there, and set it up quite nicely for Dorothy to arrive.