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.
I didn't pay much attention to "Oz The Great and Powerful" when it released. I figured it would lack the Sam Raimi feel. Turns out it's basically a re-skinned version of Army of Darkness. Kid-friendly, but full of signature Raimi shots, humor, and a Bruce Campbell cameo. The pacing flounders in the second half, but a good time overall.
Only a few brief moments where the true nature of the director and potential comes through. James Franco is miscast in the leading role trying to channel a kind of Johnny Depp performance that hits and misses at the same time and the film seem more interested in decor than having a believable story or a cast that has a chemistry together.
Plus Disney que Disney, et pourtant profondément personnel. C'est ce que l'on appelle un blockbuster d'auteur, une sorte de relecture d'Army of Darkness dans laquelle Raimi raconterait son parcours, de ses débuts en tant que magicien à son acceptation par l'industrie hollywoodienne. Le film, extraordinaire en 3D, est d'une rare intelligence. Aujourd'hui incompris, il est probablement promis à un grand avenir.
I was having a great time and then Glinda showed up and overshadowed Oz,China Girl & Finley.The problem for me was that I found the three witches the least interesting characters in the movie, also them being the center of the second half of the movie ruined the whole point of Oz trio's journey and made the prophecy plot device feel very awkward, I wish there was more Raimi in it and less L.frank Baum wannabeisms.
Raimi tries to bring some magic back to the Oz story but unfortunately fails to do so mainly because of poor casting. Franco looks bemused throughout the pick and fails to bring a sense of awe, foreboding or even basic humanity to the part. Weisz well cast, Kunis not bad, but Williams out of her element in green screen acting. Very much a disappointment considering the talent behind the camera.