Just got back from seeing Oz the Great and Powerful.
Raimi’s film isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination (e.g., Franco is a little distracting, and I found myself trying to connect everything happening on screen with existing Oz mythology), but the movie is quite entertaining. And there were some genuinely touching moments that made me wish this wasn’t a PG-rated Disney movie. Worth a matinée ticket at the very least.
Standouts for me, easily, were the ladies in Oz’s life: Michelle Williams as Glinda, Rachel Weisz as Evanora (spoiler alert: you figure out she’s evil by her choice of wardrobe, which looks, uh, evil), and Mila Kunis as Theodora (spoiler alert: you figure out early on that there’s something bubbling under that pretty face).
Although I couldn’t help but think of the Green Goblin every time the Wicked Witch of the West flew around on her broom.
Way to ruin flying green things for me, Sam Raimi.