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***Oz The Great And Powerful***
Stardate: 1307.05

Posted on 07/05/2013 7:50:19 PM PDT by The Wizard

I must do my fellow Freepers, and the Walt Disney Company, a service.......

We are pretty rough on the Walt Disney Company, Disney World and Disneyland, their movies and animations.....so I feel I must post this commentary when they do something right......

"Oz The Great And Powerful" will be a timeless classic that will run for as many years as the original "Wizard Of Oz"

I have just watched it for the first time, and it was clear when it was over, you could watch it again and again...

The casting, acting and story are perfect. It sets up the original story like it was made before it.

The characters are real, touching and perfectly acted.

To highlight just a few, the male lead, (James Franco) and the lady from the Mummy, (Rachel Weisz) as one of the evil witches are both great, believable, (for a fantasy) and played with the understatement that you don't often find in this type of film.

What I am saying is that this is a wonderful film: don't deprive yourself of it just because you may not be happy with Disney.....

This is a family film, and everyone will find something to like, (it does have a scary shot when the flying apes appear out of a cloud) but be advised, it will entertain you, allow you to accept the characters and the premise, and most certainly make some tear up.....

See it and enjoy it if this is the kind of film you can enjoy......did I say it was great...


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1 posted on 07/05/2013 7:50:19 PM PDT by The Wizard
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To: All

take the family, get the bluray or DVD....you’ll be gald you did


2 posted on 07/05/2013 7:51:33 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: The Wizard

The character arc of Oscar Diggs (a.k.a. The Wizard) left me unsatisfied. It appeared that he turned at least one woman to evil by seducing and abandoning her — what kind of hero is that? Did his saving Oz (for the time being) from the two evil witches (both of whom he seduced and abandoned) redeem him?

All that aside, I enjoyed the movie.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 7:53:52 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: The Wizard

Twoo is my favorite all time

Kids gave me special 50 year annv DVD

I enjoyed this movie very much

Disney tied a lot in from the original

Had the tone of original


4 posted on 07/05/2013 7:55:03 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: thecodont

He was a rake but redeemed himself


5 posted on 07/05/2013 7:56:34 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: The Wizard

We loved it! Need to get it to keep! Is it out yet?


6 posted on 07/05/2013 7:56:54 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: morphing libertarian

That’s the spirit! Call a spade a spade!


7 posted on 07/05/2013 8:01:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: The Wizard

I put it on our netflix list...thank you in advance as you won’t hear from me if I liked it. :{)


8 posted on 07/05/2013 8:02:21 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

My kids and I thought it was a total dog.


9 posted on 07/05/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Timmy

I appreciate your input and have adjusted accordingly. He caught me in a weak moment. :{)


10 posted on 07/05/2013 8:05:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: The Wizard

thx for the tip, Wizard.


11 posted on 07/05/2013 8:06:28 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: ClearCase_guy

And the witches were clearly hoes


12 posted on 07/05/2013 8:07:15 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: onedoug

Ping


13 posted on 07/05/2013 8:09:46 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: thecodont

that does not sound fam friendly


14 posted on 07/05/2013 8:09:57 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: gorush

if you like this kind of film, you will like this one....I got it after seeing some clips of the CGI animation, but never expected to actually like it.....now I will buy it so I can watch it when I want to......very nice film..


15 posted on 07/05/2013 8:11:17 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: GeronL
that does not sound fam friendly

The seduction is strongly implied but not explicit.

16 posted on 07/05/2013 8:14:26 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: GeronL
don't let one person's input, not even mine, stop you from giving it a chance....the kids will never connect the lightly deep spots of story, they are for us older folks...all the original great Disney films had suggestive parts for the older audience.

(IE a scene in Snow White had the Queen telling one of her henchmen to bring back her heart in a box, and had the queen walking past the skeleton of a man jailed reaching for water...Disney always played to more than one level)

17 posted on 07/05/2013 8:16:36 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: The Wizard

Our tastes are eclectic. We’ll give it a look.


18 posted on 07/05/2013 8:19:06 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: The Wizard

Oz, the Great and Powerful was an enjoyable movie, but it doesn’t compare to the original Wizard of Oz. And the lead does some morally questionable things.


19 posted on 07/05/2013 8:26:35 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: The Wizard
I'll be "gald?"

What exactly does that mean?

20 posted on 07/05/2013 8:29:14 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Getting galded is no fun.


21 posted on 07/05/2013 8:34:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

no pics of being galded hopefully


22 posted on 07/05/2013 8:34:34 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: thecodont

Well, in the original Oz books, the character of the Wizard before the arrival of Dorothy was quite ambiguous.


23 posted on 07/05/2013 8:42:33 PM PDT by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: fr_freak; thecodont; The Wizard

I’ve watched the movie three times.

It’s a beautiful, entertaining piece of filmmaking.

The lead character is supposed to be questionable as a hero. That’s the story. He’s not presented as heroic and admits that of himself.

But at the end he decides to devote himself to one woman, who is not an evil witch but a good one.

And he saves an entire people by his ingenuity and tenacity. And he allows the good witch to influence him to do this good thing, whereas in the movie’s beginning she (her other self back in Kansas) was unable to do so although she tried.

As for the evil witches, you have to credit that they deserved everything they got because they weren’t simply flawed characters as he was, but truly evil.

Now one of the sister witches wasn’t nearly as evil as the other, but neither was she as good as the first glimpse of her character seemed to project. As the story progressed her inherent weaknesses and susceptibilities to self-deception and impulsive, self-pitying actions drove her to become the most evil of all.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 8:49:42 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: RegulatorCountry; GeronL; The Wizard

I can honestly say I have no interest in being 4-oxalomesaconate tautomerase (enzyme commissioner # GalD).


25 posted on 07/05/2013 8:50:48 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

wow. You have talent (on loan from Gald?)


26 posted on 07/05/2013 8:59:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: The Wizard

We purchased it and watched it three times at home. My daughter saw it in the theaters in 3-D and said it was even more amazing. It is family friendly for all ages


27 posted on 07/05/2013 9:06:05 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: txrangerette; The Wizard

You both make this movie sound very interesting and entertaining. I’m not a big Wizard of Oz fan, but I’ll check it out.


28 posted on 07/05/2013 9:27:39 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: The Wizard

There were parts of the movie that I liked, but in the whole, I was very disappointed. I thought the Wizard was sleazy!


29 posted on 07/05/2013 9:29:58 PM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: thecodont
The character arc of Oscar Diggs (a.k.a. The Wizard) left me unsatisfied.

What I didn't like about Franco's Oz was that in the original movie, Professor Marvel/Wizard (Frank Morgan) was a fast-talking flim-flam man whose dialog as full of quips and witty banter not unlike Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and/or Sherlock Holmes.

The dialog of Franco's Oz was dull and plodding in comparison.

...both of whom he seduced and abandoned...

It's true that he seduced Theodora, (Mila Kunis) but he did not seduce Evanora. (Rachel Weisz)

Evanora lied and only led Theodora to believe this so that her heart would be turned against Oz and to evil.

See: Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East

All this being said, I still liked the movie overall and how it tied into the original.

30 posted on 07/05/2013 10:42:49 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: The Wizard

i loved the first one
i loved the second one


31 posted on 07/06/2013 12:59:18 AM PDT by genghis
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To: The Wizard

Wow. You must have seen a diffrent movie the we did. Both my wife and I thought the movie SUCKED big time. Nothing about it was good.


32 posted on 07/06/2013 3:06:08 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

There weren’t two different movies.

Just very different people watching and commenting.


33 posted on 07/06/2013 3:57:06 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

I loved the fantasy aspects and the special effects. I usually like Franco, but in this, I thought he was very weak. I enjoyed it, but it’s not on my top ten of great movies. Stacked up against the original, it falls short.


34 posted on 07/06/2013 4:00:35 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

Agree with your comments, exception to the last one that compares/contrasts it with the orignal movie. For me, it is so different and distinct from the original, my mind won’t even try to go there. I consider them entirely seperate and judge them accordingly.


35 posted on 07/06/2013 4:05:38 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: freepertoo

orignal = original


36 posted on 07/06/2013 4:06:38 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: thecodont
It appeared that he turned at least one woman to evil by seducing and abandoning her

Well, it was pretty apparent that she (Mila Kunis' character) was already pretty far down the old yellow brick road to c-r-a-z-y by the time Oscar showed up. Oscar (who was a rake) was shown as wrestling with how to deal with her going from flattering hero-worship to "we're going to get married, and rule the kingdom and live happily ever after, and, and, and" at a rate of acceleration that would make NASA jealous.

And he didn't even really abandon her. He was manipulated to go out onto a quest by her sister, who then further manipulated Mila Kunis to go completely over the edge and do something incredibly rash.
37 posted on 07/06/2013 4:09:20 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: thecodont
what kind of hero is that?

Believable? Unless the fairy-tale versions make more sense to one.

38 posted on 07/06/2013 4:36:27 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: The Wizard

http://celebrationcenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128%3Aif-you-believe-oz&catid=75%3Ablog-spot&Itemid=113


39 posted on 08/30/2013 2:02:18 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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