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Why Oz The Great And Powerful Sucks

Oz the Great and Powerful

(Note: This review has spoilers near the end. I will announce spoilers are coming before I get to them)

On March 8th, Oz the Great and Powerful hit movie theaters. If you’re like me, you’ve been excited for this one since you first heard about it last year. After seeing it last night, I walked away disap­pointed. This morning, after thinking it over, I want to let you all know why I didn’t like it and see if anyone else agrees.

Oz The Great And Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful follows Oscar Diggs, aka Oz, a clever but selfish circus magician who swindles his crowds with claims of true, powerful magic but when asked to actually help someone, he runs and hides. Oh, and he’s a womanizer who tricks pretty girls into being a part of his act (and falling hard for him) before he tosses them to the curb.

Oz has to run for his life in a hot air balloon after a girl’s husband finds out that Oz wooed her. Thank to the magic of tornadoes, he ends up in The Land of Oz where he’s quickly proclaimed to be the great wizard who will defeat the wicked witch and lead the people into a future of peace and joy.

The Review

I had 3 major issues with this movie. The first two aren’t spoilers, so keep reading if you’re curious.

The Story

While the story itself made sense, it wasn’t written well. Instead of a story that takes specific steps from one event to the next, Oz is thrown from place to place for no reason. Once he gets there, his moti­va­tions are ambiguous at best. At no point is something on the line. At no point does Oz really seem to be in any real danger. It’s a magical world after all and stuff just happens to move him from one plot point to the next.

The Char­ac­ters

This may be the biggest blow to the film. There is no richness to any of the char­ac­ters. And short of Glinda the Good Witch (played by Michelle Williams), the actors phone it in (though, a few do the best they can with a lousy script).

None of the char­ac­ters really develop. All their emotions are told to us. “I am really upset”, “I am really scared”, “I am at the end of my rope.” Everyone says what they are feeling and no one shows it.

In addition, several of the character moti­va­tions and person­al­i­ties change from scene to scene. The only person who doesn’t change is Oz, the character who’s suppose to grow because of his expe­ri­ence! Which leads me to the main reason I walked away from this film disappointed…

Oscar Diggs (aka Oz)

Warning, this part contains spoilers.

After Oz makes his way into the Land of Oz, he quickly meets Theodora the Witch (Mila Kunis). Like the women of Kansas, he quickly woos her with a gift (no one’s ever given her a gift before) and asks her to dance (something she’s never done). The people of Oz are afraid of witches and so she’s never really been shown kindness or interest. Add to the fact that he saves her life when they first meet and the girl falls hard for him. It’s even insin­u­ated that they sleep together (something else I’m sure she hadn’t done before).

Later in the film, he blows her off for Glinda, the pain giving her a mental break down that ulti­mately leads (spoilers) to her becoming the Wicked Witch of the West. She turns from a sweet girl into the most cold hearted woman in Oz.

And what does the great wizard do to rectify this situation? Does he feel remorse? Does he attempt to redeem her? Does his person­ality change in any real way? No. He makes out with Glinda and tells Theodora, “You can come back if you decide you don’t want to kill the people of Oz anymore”.

He’s a scoundrel who never becomes a hero. He’s a manip­u­lator who never sees Justice. He’s a fake who never becomes real. And worst of all, he abuses an innocent woman.

Final thoughts

There are a few really good moments in this movie. The first scenes between Oz and Theodora where he’s wooing her are very good. There are great scenes near the end where Oz is becoming The Wizard of Oz that is exciting and cool. Many of his inter­ac­tions with Glinda are well done. There’s a good movie hanging around the edges of this one. Unfor­tu­nately, these brief moments don’t make up for a forced plot, bad char­ac­ters, and an Oz the Great who isn’t great at all.

I wouldn’t recommend this for adults who enjoy these types of movies, and because of the character of Oz, I wouldn’t recommend taking children to see this either. He’s not a fool who becomes a hero, he’s a scoundrel who wins for some reason.

2 out of 5 stars.

7 Responses to “Why Oz The Great And Powerful Sucks”

  1. Alex March 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    I could have forgiven the clunky plot and the poor char­ac­ters (I was ready to give this movie a TON of slack), but I can’t forgive the character of Oz.

    • Clarinda August 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM #

      You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful areiclts.

  2. Verónica March 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM #

    I saw this movie last night, and I have to say I really didn´t like it. Its just flat. Even visually, not that stunning. The vege­ta­tion didn´t convince me, it looked too computer-y. Then you have the char­ac­ters them­selves. I just don´t think L.Frank Baum would have liked them. He was actually for women´s vote, and the original Dorothy story has a feminist tone. Here, Oz smirks his way out of every­thing and Glinda is shrewd in a way, because she uses what she has as far as the prophecy goes, and she sees the good in Oz at the end, but does she have to end up with him? I mean, she should be smarter, I think she should have kept her distance. Oz doesn’t suffer any penalty for being a douche to women (repeat­edly), he still ends up with the pretty girl. Its ok if he doesn’t grow too much, you can argue that his real growth is when he gets that talking-to from Dorothy, but I just think they turned this movie into a badly thought-out soap opera. And the apple? I mean, at least find another fruit or whatever, that was just a lack of imag­i­na­tion. Theodora already had a temper, couldn’t she just get more and more bitter as a lot of people do? I´m sure they spent a ton of money, but the writing and story boarding was just downright bad. Skilled people could have done something better with sock-puppets.

    • Alex Humphrey March 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

      It was espe­cially frus­trating for me because there are hints of a great movie in there and the actors are all top notch. Just a poorly made film :(

  3. Cameron March 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM #

    I finally found your blog! Thanks for the review man.

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