Follow-Up Yellow Brick Flick

The Great & Powerful Oz

‘Went to Oz last night. That’s right. Eschewed the rabbit hole for a twister this time, and what a furniture-studded, fairway-booth-flying, completely redone choice that proved to be. I don’t often write movie reviews, but this flick hit on enough cylinders to impact my wheelhouse, so yeah…I had to review it. As far as other-worldly wheelhouses go, anyway, and since I’m aware of the ‘spoiler alert’ imperative for reel reviews, I’ll stick to vague allusions & umbrella outlines when sharing high points of this place far, far from Kansas. A place where Black & White is all kinds of HD Technicolor, suddenly, and spotting witches & flying simians is just so much air traffic.


And yet this movie was completely fresh. Though at first I expected the original four characters to pop up and steer the film down a familiar yellow-brick path, that didn’t happen. Not directly anyway. The focus was on the Wizard’s experience (played by James Franco) and I will tell you this: He was styled after the original carne in the 1939 version of the movie; the fortune-teller who Dorothy encountered when she ran away from home, Toto in tow.  A likeable fella with a winsome smile, Franco is yards more handsome than the original Wizard, making it easy to stop missing Dorothy in…oh… about a heel-clicking, nano-second, and fall under his toothsome, Wizard’s spell.

Wikimedia Creative Commons: Source James Franco, Author: Vanessa Lua;

Wikimedia Creative Commons: Source James Franco, Author: Vanessa Lua;

Witches Wicked & Good thought so, too, as did the three friends who joined the Wizard on his journey to the Emerald City. With characteristics just deliciously different enough from the original trio to make the whole thing new, each of the Wizard’s companions was as engaging as the running buddies they upstaged—but don’t worry! More than a few of the other main players made cameos in the film in one way or another, even as key scenes and prop devices from the old flick were resurrected & reimagined, too. This included the “hologram wizard ruse” the original film featured, to truly astounding & revised effect, while maintaining the integrity of the initial concept at the same time.

Wikimedia source. Copyrighted material to Walt Disney. Falls under: fair use laws.

Wikimedia source. Copyrighted material to Walt Disney. Falls under: fair use laws.

Sure the musical score was so unremarkable as to be non-existent, but the traveling visuals made up for the mediocre soundtrack. (if there even was one, because again: unremarkable) The arrivals, departures & journeys through Kansas, Oz & the Emerald City were plenty remarkable, though! Phenomenal, even. From the epic vortex that transported the Wizard to his “kingdom”, to the surprisingly, durable hot air balloon, to white-water rapids fun, and Bubble Travel. That’s all that needs to be said, I think. Bubble travel—because if any part of that term interests you, I’m pretty sure you need to go see the movie yourself.


For those of you less intrigued by Bubbles, but looking for *pop* nevertheless, I’ll sum up by noting the storyline was compelling enough to ensure my rating completely bypasses Butt-Cruncher, to just shy of: “Aww…it’s over already?”—in terms of whether it’s worth the trouble to hit a Cineplex.  I say go, even if there’s no convenient tornado conveyance by which to travel. The silver screen does the special effects justice, and this mix of Alice in Wonderland, meets Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, meets Wiizard of Oz, meets Avatar—is worth it! Even in 2D, which is all the dimensionality this 2D gal’s eyes could handle, though I do advise skipping the double-digit popcorn option. With no butter, butter flavoring, or Astro-glide offered, the concessions stands are clearly feeling the recession, so unless you’re a mad movie snacker who must have her Junior Mints, it’s probably better to save your cash for some unforeseen, act of God (and Disney) of your own.


Feel free to turn your cell phones back on, chick-a-deez!

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4 Responses to “Follow-Up Yellow Brick Flick”

  1. Ha! I remember this review…glad you liked it. Your passion for Franco is awesome! I still enjoyed the original so much more but it was quite beautiful wasn’t it? Thanks for the plug! 🙂

  2. What a delightful review!

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