Overlong, CGI-riddled, portentous, irritating but on occasion entertaining movie
- Oz: The Great and Powerful review by PV
I can't decide what is most irritating about this movie.
Is it the fact that it's overlong? Or that its soundtrack sounds like something James Horner wrote to accompany warships? Or maybe the overuse of CGI animation that, despite the attempt to impress, are not a patch on the hand-made 1939 'decorations'? Maybe it's the weird china girl which is I think a completely unnecessary character who was probably only added for gender representation reasons (and she is well spooky too!)
No, no, no, no again...
So what is it?
Well, it's the point at which Oz states that Edison invented the lightbulb, the phonograph (recorded sound) and the cinemagraph (film) - which is all a load of UTTER TOSH (a lie, basically)
Despite what ill-educated Americans think (and I refer to high school teachers here too), Thomas Edison invented nothing at all. Yep that's right - nada, zilch, sweet FA. He took others' inventions and developed them brilliantly, and was a genius at that, but he was NO an inventor as such as invented nothing new.
The lightbulb was invented by Joseph Swann, a Brit, and recorded sound and film were invented by several people at the same time arguably - British, French and German. But it sure weren't Thomas Edison, honey. That fact that this is a plot point in this film and repeated ad infinitum as truth so irritated me that I almost turned off.
However, I persevered and can say that, in parts, this film is entertaining - especially the start, ironically, before all the CGI stuff starts (some funny lines here). And there are some nice scenes with witches towards the end - and a handful of laugh-out-loud funny lines (some from Jewish stand-up, I think).
But really, it's all too long and too overblown - and promotes a lie to the world too!
2.5 stars rounded up.
Do yerself a favour and watch the brilliant original Wizard of Oz instead.
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what was the point?
- Oz: The Great and Powerful review by AP
This was film made by bankers.
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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