I was actually on the fence about watching this movie, but a friend of mine wanted to see it a few nights ago, so I thought why not. We went to the IMAX 3D showing, and turns out this is one of those few movies that actually looks good in 3D. Enough pops out at you that the pricey ticket doesn’t really seem like too much of a waste.
I don’t know if I read it somewhere or if someone told me this, but I had heard that this movie doesn’t really work as a direct prequel to the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, but based on where the movie ends I think it sort of could. Where it doesn’t completely work is the updated special effects and the fact that the “wizard” of Oz in the 1939 film doesn’t have any love interests, at least, not from what I can recall.
This movie actually surprised me in that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not really a huge fan of any of the actors in this movie, and I’m not sure if its the characters he gets cast in or the actor, but I’m not particularly fond of James Franco. I also delighted a little in the fact that the movie had me guessing a little bit. There was a kind of will-or-won’t moment with one of the characters that successfully grabbed my attention.
One of this movie’s strengths was the character development. I really liked the pacing of Oz’s character from a womanizing, heartless man to one that became more mindful of weighing the consequences before acting.
I don’t really see the need for a sequel of this movie, since doing so would probably put the Oz story even further into an alternate universe, but with the way Hollywood is plugging out numerous sequels and remakes these days, it wouldn’t shock me if one happened. The thought of it disappoints me though and makes me wonder, have so many “original” ideas been immortalized through books and movies at this point that there are no fresh ideas left to tell? If that’s true, I find that to be a rather depressing revelation.
FINAL VERDICT: B-