Oz The Great and Powerful Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Oz The Great and Powerful

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild fantasy violence and some scary scenes.

  • The pitch:

    Bewitching.

  • Starring:

    James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox

  • Directed by:

    Sam Raimi

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    3D special effects make objects, animals and baddies appear to fly/hurtle/lunge toward the audience. Soundtrack and editing promotes vivid sense of tension. Witches/hags. Theatrical explosions. Items/objects get thrown, smashed. Blades are seen. Soldiers with halberds. Arrows are fired. A destroyed village. Smashed porcelain and crockery. A china girl has smashed limbs. A woman cries tears that sear and scar her skin. A woman convulses. Flying monkeys are seen attacking townsfolk. A woman is forced on her knees and chained by her wrists to two posts. A firebomb explodes from a portal in the sky. A man is kicked. A man is thrown around the air. A man is hit repeatedly with a cane (comic). A man is almost hurt by airborne fence palings. A man thrashes in the water thinking he is drowning. A mouthful of water is spat in a man's face. Yelling, raised voices. Loud shakes, murmurs, rumbles, roars and screeches are heard. Mention of a grandmother killed in battle. Mention of a poisoned father. Two hot-air balloons crash; one burns.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man kisses several different women. A woman alludes to an intimate encounter with a man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (a man drinks from a hip flask). A woman eats a laced apple. Animals are lured to sleep by poppies.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, derogatory insults. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Magic, illusion, fantasy, deception, greed, sleight-of-hand, change of heart, good/bad witches, leap of faith, weakness, selfishness, lying, egotism, faith, good versus evil, The Wizard of Oz.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Circus setting with sideshow acts: magicians, strongman, fire-breather, clown, doves, hypnosis, spiritual possession, disappearance. Music-box. A zoetrope produces mild flickering. Bucking horse. Flocks of birds. Attacking lion. Flying monkeys. Butterflies, small spider on cobweb, aggressive fairies with bitey teeth. A bird flies at audience (3D). Tornado. Lightning bolts (weather and magical). Fireballs, campfire, fire sparks and fireworks. Ghosts, evil spirits, the undead are mentioned. Graveyard setting. A hooded figure is seen. Spooky fauna and crazed Venus flytrap-like plants. Fog. Crystal ball. Drugged apple. Scarecrows. Nails scratch through table wood. Evil cackles and shadows. Bubbles. First 30 minutes (approx) is shot in black & white and 4:3 ratio. Point-of-view cinematography from high altitudes. Waterfalls, rapids, towering cliff-faces and rock formations are seen.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Spectacular from start to finish. Worth seeing for the opening credits alone, which uses 3D to astounding effect. Special effects are mesmerising, unforgettable. Soundtrack is incredible. Extraordinary makeup, costumes and set design. The sight of the yellow brick road makes your heart tingle. Munchkins!!

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Cultural stereotypes. Witches aren't particularly wicked. Casting could have been better. Mediocre performances. Flimsy heroines. Lacks heart, truth.

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