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  • #16
    I've read a number of very positive reviews. The comparisons with Alice in Wonderland (Burtons) seem to be kind of off balance (according to these reviews) as this is much more in tune with the original Wizard of Oz.

    I have the afternoon off of work tomorrow and I'm gonna go check this out... I'll let you all know what I think!

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    my favorite critics gave this an extremely enthusiastic review... I'm pretty surprised.

    http://my.spill.com/profiles/blogs/o...l-audio-review
    Last edited by The Revelator; 03-08-2013, 01:42 AM.

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    • #17
      The reviews have been surprising because it does look a lot like Alice In Wonderland, and that was pretty crappy.

      A friend wants to go see this and the more I see the TV spots I'm kind of warming up to it.

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      • #18
        Just got back! I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would...

        First things first, the things I didn't like. Mila Kunis was badly miscast, she doesn't really do a very good job with the material she is given... and her character is really important. I love what they do with the character, but she wasn't convincing at all. Also, the movie is VERY family friendly, so a lot of the humor didn't do it for me. Lots of jokes for kids, but plenty of funny scenes that should work for most people.

        If you hate CGI, just don't watch this. We all know what you'll think. It was visually incredible (I saw it in 3D as well, which was neat)... Extremely inventive and colorful with plenty of jaw dropping effects.

        Alright, well everything else was actually outstanding. The movie is actually kind of campy and the acting is hammed way way up, which makes it feel much more like the original Wizard of Oz. I wasn't sure what Raimi was getting at with the acting at first, but about 10 minutes in I found myself really enjoying everything. Its an emotionally simple movie and all the actors play a lot "bigger" than they normally would... Like I said, somewhat campy but it worked. This is NOT a dark fantasy movie by any means, its a big, showy, family friendly fantasy movie full of positive emotions. As if we should have expected anything else.... This is a prequel to Wizard of Oz, after all.

        When Oscar (Oz) first got to Oz, the movie was kind of falling flat for me, but it picks up after a short time. I think it had to do with Mila Kunis... she just didn't do a very good job in this movie. The last 15 minutes were easily the best part... really exciting and explosive. I respect that instead of showing all of the same shit we saw in the original (like.. WOW YOU SEE THIS?!?! THIS IS OZ REMEMBER THIS??) it was very restrained in referencing the original and introduces more new characters and areas of Oz we haven't seen before. All of the references are a lot of fun... I think they really actually set this up as a prequel very well. This isn't a masterpiece by any means, but it was a blast and most definitely shouldn't be compared to Alice in Wonderland... This movie actually has some heart and soul.

        8.5/10

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        • #19
          Skipping this in theaters most likely. The only 2D showings are at noon and I'm just not up to going to the cinema that early anymore.
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          • #20
            I read the original novel a few months ago and really enjoyed it. From the trailer for the prequel, it seems a lot of characters and references excluded from the 1939 movie are included here. I.E. The porcelain figurines.

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            • #21
              I see Alice In Wonderland written all over this. I hated that movie so I will pass on this.

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              • #22
                From reviews I read that Mila is miscasted in a lot of reviews.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by The Revelator View Post
                  Just got back! I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would...

                  First things first, the things I didn't like. Mila Kunis was badly miscast, she doesn't really do a very good job with the material she is given... and her character is really important. I love what they do with the character, but she wasn't convincing at all. Also, the movie is VERY family friendly, so a lot of the humor didn't do it for me. Lots of jokes for kids, but plenty of funny scenes that should work for most people.

                  If you hate CGI, just don't watch this. We all know what you'll think. It was visually incredible (I saw it in 3D as well, which was neat)... Extremely inventive and colorful with plenty of jaw dropping effects.

                  Alright, well everything else was actually outstanding. The movie is actually kind of campy and the acting is hammed way way up, which makes it feel much more like the original Wizard of Oz. I wasn't sure what Raimi was getting at with the acting at first, but about 10 minutes in I found myself really enjoying everything. Its an emotionally simple movie and all the actors play a lot "bigger" than they normally would... Like I said, somewhat campy but it worked. This is NOT a dark fantasy movie by any means, its a big, showy, family friendly fantasy movie full of positive emotions. As if we should have expected anything else.... This is a prequel to Wizard of Oz, after all.

                  When Oscar (Oz) first got to Oz, the movie was kind of falling flat for me, but it picks up after a short time. I think it had to do with Mila Kunis... she just didn't do a very good job in this movie. The last 15 minutes were easily the best part... really exciting and explosive. I respect that instead of showing all of the same shit we saw in the original (like.. WOW YOU SEE THIS?!?! THIS IS OZ REMEMBER THIS??) it was very restrained in referencing the original and introduces more new characters and areas of Oz we haven't seen before. All of the references are a lot of fun... I think they really actually set this up as a prequel very well. This isn't a masterpiece by any means, but it was a blast and most definitely shouldn't be compared to Alice in Wonderland... This movie actually has some heart and soul.

                  8.5/10
                  Thanks for the review.

                  I'm glad that it's not a dark fantasy. It's a prequel to Wizard Of Oz so I'm glad it's in the same vein as the original.

                  I'm definitely going to go see this.

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                  • #24
                    I'm a huge OZ fan so I'll definitely see this on DVD.

                    I still think Franco was a horrible choice, though.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Frey View Post
                      I see Alice In Wonderland written all over this. I hated that movie so I will pass on this.
                      Its WAY better than that movie. See my review.



                      Originally posted by The Geek View Post
                      I'm a huge OZ fan so I'll definitely see this on DVD.

                      I still think Franco was a horrible choice, though.
                      He does a good enough job. Honestly this isn't much of an actors movie, no performances are that good, but its all hammed up to seem cheesy and campy. I generally like James Franco, two of my favorite performances ever came from him (Saul in Pineapple Express and in 127 Hours). By the end of the movie he kind of won me over. But like I said... this isn't much of a movie for acting at all, the emphasis is elsewhere.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Frey View Post
                        I see Alice In Wonderland written all over this. I hated that movie so I will pass on this.
                        This.

                        I like the idea of it, being about the Wizard and all.

                        But it just looks like CG overkill just like Alice. So I'm going to pass. Fuck I hate this CGI everything.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by oxley View Post
                          This.

                          I like the idea of it, being about the Wizard and all.

                          But it just looks like CG overkill just like Alice. So I'm going to pass. Fuck I hate this CGI everything.
                          This movie is going for a cartoony look. It's almost like a dreamworlds or Pixar animated movie. That's just the style.

                          I'm sick of this being compared to Alice. That movie sucked on every level.

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                          • #28
                            It compares to Alice, to me at least for all the Cgi that litters everyscene and the horrible acting. There is ham but then there is nothing can save this thing. Franco seemed like he was phoning it in, michelle williams looked lost trying to be Glenda and Mia and Rachel were just stupid as the witches.

                            THere are prequels in which don't need to be made cause they don't offer anything that is needed to the role. I can't buy for the life of me that [SPOILER]what we know as the evil witch was fucking duped by her sister and over heartbreak.[/SPOILER]

                            You want a prequel to Wizard of Oz? Go find and watch Wicked, it has more heart, story and better overall connection to OZ then this abortion of CGI filth.

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                            • #29
                              If you don't like CGI you're going to hate this. This is pointed at younger audiences and I think it does a great job of being entertaining. The cartoony look of this works to that affect.

                              This was much better than Alice. Raimi clearly gives a shit about the characters and took time to have plenty of touching and heart-warming scenes... Burton just wanted everything to be shiny so he could have another excuse to make Johnny Depp act weird.

                              As I said like 20834 times already, if you hate CGI just don't even bother with this. If that's all you can keep your attention on everything else will seem like a waste of time. This is a fantastic family film, and I think the animated nature of the movie suites that just fine.

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                              and Wicked pissed me off

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                              • #30
                                First off let me say I've read all the original books of wizard of oz, and I've read all the wicked books. I Love all those.


                                But I feel like this movie is a giant dump on the entire idea of Wizard of Oz. I'm generally a fan of James Franko but I really hated his portrayal in this movie. Mila Kunis was not right for the part she played, it seemed really forced. An overabundance of CGI didn't make up for it.

                                My 7 year old didnt like it much either... and I mean shes 7... 7 year olds like everything.

                                Also... Bruce Campbell's cameo... what?!?
                                Last edited by craftychicka; 03-16-2013, 06:43 PM.

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