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Oz: The Great and Powerful

what was the point?

(Edit) 29/03/2017

This was film made by bankers.

Weak script.

Indifferent acting (you could tell that they really wanted Jonny Depp and Kim Basinger).

CGI which was less impressive than the original film.

But (and most importantly) - they didn't really know why they were making it - a very thin plot stretched beyond braking point.

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Swallows and Amazons

Good modern update to the traditional, not overly true to the books, but very enjoyable

(Edit) 22/03/2017

Watched the Virginia McKenna version and then this. Whilst the earlier version is much more true to the books in feel, it is also very dated. This is much more modern in pace, though with sufficient period feel (and the same locations on the island as the earlier film.

As a family we enjoyed it more (though my kids, 11,13& 15) have yet to all read the books. The section with the flying boat was just the right side of the thrilling/scary divide, and whilst not in the books, was a nice twist {with links to the author's past} that I felt it could be justified.

Don't expect a slavish reworking of the books, but a good children's yarn with a touch of the "39 steps".

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