Movie Review: Oz The Great And Powerful

I have finally seen the long awaited Oz The Great and Powerful! This movie has been surrounded by a lot of hype and an all star cast that I was excited to see in a Disney flick. The story was about how the Wizard of Oz came to be the wizard and what he had to do to claim his throne. Overall, I thought it was a good movie. It was beautiful to watch, the overall story was fun, and it kept my attention the whole time. However, I had some major issues with the film:

1. Mila Kunis
Why, Mila, why? I normally LOVE Mila Kunis. In fact, I can’t think of any movie I have ever seen her in that I really didn’t like. However, her acting in this movie was pretty damn awful. For the first half of the movie she was tolerable. The second half of the movie was cringe-worthy. I don’t know if it was her voice, the fact that Mila isn’t scary, or maybe it was the general acting – but something was off and it was actually distracting.

2. James Franco
To be fair, I never like James Franco. Sure, he’s cool in Freaks and Geeks but I just find him to be pompous and annoying in general. The character of Oz is meant to be obnoxious and unlikeable at first but James’ extreme overacting didn’t help. I understand that for Disney, it’s okay to be over the top BUT this was just too much. He was offensive and cannot carry a big blockbuster hit like this.

Other than that, the movie was good! Go see it and let me know what you think!


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