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The mini, spoiler-free review of Oz

As I told my sister this morning, pay no attention to the critics behind their computers, Oz is wonderful. I went in hoping to be entertained and have fun, I was not disappointed. I left the theater with a smile on face.

James Franco was better than I expected. He played the part of Oscar Diggs, a carny con man, womanizer, charmer, a man who is after riches and glory no matter who he hurts along the way, believable. Oscar had to keep the con act going even at the end of the film, but for different reasons.

The CGI was a fine mix of modern technology with the look and feel of the matte painting style in the background (one of the few nods to the 39 film). The opening credits are stunning, and I'm sure better in 3D. I predict a new Disney ride centered around a hot air balloon.

This movie shouldn't be looked at as a prequel to the 39 film, it really isn't, but more of a prequel to the Baum books, with a few creative liberties here and there. But there certainly were a few nods to that film that made me smile.

The length of the film didn't bother me. Not once did I look at my watch. As far as little ones seeing this, I'm not sure. There are some parts that may scare young children, so I would suggest parents seeing the film first and deciding for themselves if their children can handle the darker scenes.

This mini review is my opinion and your likes in movies could be different, with that said, I enjoyed the movie and will be seeing this again, now that I got the fangirl part of me out of my system.

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bizarra
Mar. 10th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
It was good. I think a lot of the people complaining need to read the Baum books, because that is what the movie is based on, not the 39 movie. :/

WoZ haha photo tumblr_maplw9Rw1r1rnk4hjo17_r1_250.gif
gatechic
Mar. 10th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
*jumping in here*

LOVE the gif! =D
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
:) Found it on Tumblr. I love Vala. :)

trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
cool!

hmm. while Vala isn't Aeryn, Cam really is Crichton in disguise. i like Ben and Claudia. =)
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)

Pretty much the only two seasons of Stargate I've seen are their two. Still needed my Ben and Claudia fix. :) THEY NEED TO DO MOOORE! Preferably together. :)
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, me too. i watched the series opener of SG1 and then a random episode in S5 i think for another actor i like, and then S8 and 9, which i called Fargate SG1.

and yes. they need to do more things together!!!
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they're doing more separately.... and as much as I love listening to Claudia voice video games.. I want to see her in more than a guest role.

She IS doing two conventions this year overseas with Ben, so hopefully we'll get more pics and animated gifs of them together. LOL

Ben and claudia adorable photo tumblr_lkauxywhrO1qzhgu4o1_r1_500.gif
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
awwww!

how about some cons on the east coast.... where, even though i can't go to 'em, it would be closer to me than oversease? heh.
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
I know! I'm crossing fingers for Dragoncon... now that I'm on the East Coast, that one may be doable.. if I get a job. LOL

But Claudia so needs to do more in the US. Might be now that her boys are a little older, she will. *fingers crossed!*
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
i'd SO LOVE to go to DragonCon!

but having pretty much no extra money to spend, working on weekends and being almost 13 driving hours north (yes, i checked) of Atlanta, yeah, that's not happening...
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I'm just about 4 hours south of it, but it's getting the money that's the issue. :/ Stupid need for a job...

trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
oh i hear you. i have two jobs as it is....
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'd love to get one at this point. Oy...

trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
i'd like to go back to one....
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I hear you!
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
*nods*
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
btw, i just HAD to tell you i love your "keep calm and crackers don't matter" icon!!

(can i friend you?)
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
LOL Yes, you can :)

We're going to die photo fs2041a.gif

I also do a lot of Farscape artwork at froonium_icons with 3 other makers. :)
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! silly gif. ;)
bizarra
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I have a million of them. A sprinkling that I've made, but mostly I reply on the skills of others. :) I do wallpapers an icons with random gifs. :)

Aeryn shoulder photo aerynjohnshoulder.gif
erinm_4600
Mar. 10th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Well said, all around!!
gatechic
Mar. 10th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
*bows*
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
"pay no attention to the critics behind their computers"

good to know.

i've read the Baum books, but, i know me and my swiss cheese memory.

so i'll be fine.

i do want to see this, but i have the feeling it'll be when it's on DVD.
gatechic
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
The audience rating is B+, so that tells you something right there. :D

You'll probably enjoy it. If you can, you should see this on the big screen, the transition from black and white full screen 4:3 to color widescreen is spectacular on the big screen. That's just one of the reasons, but I understand if you can't because of finances. This was certainly a luxury for my family this weekend.

It was fun spotting even the Tin Man references, which I'm sure was just a coincidence. ;)
trystan830
Mar. 11th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
*pfft* tells me the audience thinks too much?

well i do have a large-ish flat screen tv, so that might help.... but i really would love to see it on the big screen, and it's work and finances. boo!

heee, i'm sure.

(was there a Captain Tightpants? ;) )
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