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Who took the fizz out of Oz?

Who took the fizz out of Oz?
Knock your heels together three times and wait for two-plus hours, you’ll be out of candy-hued land. While you are waiting, you might as well enjoy the dazzling colours that prop the screen three dimension-ally. Laugh if you wish at the flying monkey’s antics: Shrek’s donkey is reprised in another form just for that after all, and, slapstick does have its moments. Oh yeah, for the true The Wizard of the Oz fan in you there are fleeting references, deadly poppies snapping at heels and the long winding road that takes you to all three corners of this magical land (the ones that Disney could wriggle past Warner Bros copyrights’ talon).

We are with you if you are itching to wring the good witch dry of slurpy sweetness or glue the porcelain girl’s mouth shut. Tears cracking the face are nice touches, but what is Mila Kunis doing here? She’s sure to set a new millinery trend with that wide brimmed hat of hers though. Rachel Weisz, there you have gone and done it again: saved yet another picture from being a total flop. Wicked, indeed.

Oz the Great and Powerful is a con man with a sleazy grin (apparently, Johnny Depp’s name was tossed about a bit for the role, but unfortunately for us it is James Franco who gets to play one of literary world’s most popular characters), who lands in this surreal world thanks to a tornado. Soon, he is recruited to kill the wicked witch in return for the piled up gold coins and challis in the treasure room. But en route that famous road he salvages his good side. The man who mistreats his helper in his supposedly real world of Kansas, goes all gooey-eyed over a flying monkey and a porcelain girl from China town. The pasty blonde witch who lives down the road completes his transformation.
Oh puhlease.


Twist in the tale that is put together as a prequel to
The Wizard of the Oz
is supposedly the question who exactly is the wicked witch: is it witch of the west (Weisz), witch of the south (Kunis) or witch of the north (Michelle Williams)? Don’t hold your breath over it, the question merely provides a few comical moments. Soon set right, we sail on this rickety hot-air balloon, propelled mostly by visual effects. As is wont it deflates soon and we land with a thud. Like Dorothy, we look for a way out. And like Dorothy, we are put through the rigmarole.
Jemima Raman

Jemima Raman

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