Saturday, November 19, 2016

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

An American fantasy directed by Sam Raimi, starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Bill Cobbs and Tony Cox.
In early 1900s Kansas, a con-man magician has unrequited dreams of greatness. After a failed show, he is swept off by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. There he is confused by three witch sisters who all claim to be the good one. When the truth is revealed, he meets the ordinary inhabitants of the land and they form a plan to take back the emerald city.
Not bad for Disney. The plot was pretty much what you would find in most Disney flicks. Underdogs overcoming unbelievable odds in an overly dramatic fashion. The characters were well acted, except for the flying monkey. He reminded me of the "main character's buddy" from too many previous films. Video featured heavy use of compositing and special effects. I mean HEAVY. When you composite within an already effected montage scene, that's just too much. The audio was top quality. Everything was very clear. The music and dialogue were mixed well. I caught Oz (James Franco) giving the devil horns sign at least once. I don't even want to think about what other Luciferian symbols might be hidden in the dizzying array of computerized landscapes and effects. Overall, it's fun to watch. A modern Mary Poppins. I rate it good because I like digital video trickery.

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