Critics have torn this film down a little, but that's unfair because it is not simply a corny film, it was crafted to feel like an older, more naive style of cinema - and in that regard they certainly succeeded, at least at times. Some poor casting choices aside, this was quite fun, and vibrant, and full of quirks and nods to the original - the opening sequence especially.
Raimi's masterpiece. A spectacle wherein spectacle is what beats the bad guys. Not as deep, but just as loving a tribute to the movies as Hugo, for which Oz acts as a spiritual companion piece. But it's not all fun & games—Raimi plays around with some dark ideas, as the best fairy tales often do. And this is as serious an indictment of narcissism and womanizing I've seen in a blockbuster.
Low expectations, slightly surpassed - helped by the surprisingly lush CGI landscapes. Astoundingly, at points it even captures some of the original's magic. But then... Franco. The problem is its lead, a textbook example of miscasting. Had original choice Robert Downey Jr. taken the role - and a good 20 mins been shaved off it - it might have been something special.
Raimi's film wholeheartedly buys into the Disney credo of blind, optimistic belief, even though it knows a faker is behind the curtain the whole time. Somehow, I kind of admire that dedication. http://filmcapsule.com/2013/03/12/oz-the-great-and-powerful-2013/
Fans of THE WIZARD OF OZ may have fun spotting the connections to the beloved classic, but otherwise this bland, homogenized film feels like a made-by-committee product. Lifeless, omnipresent visual effects give the film a soulless, video game-like quality, and a weak script leaves the characters feeling mostly inert and underdeveloped. A few nice moments are buried by over-reliance on CGI effects.