James Franco is no Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jr., the first two choices to play Oz. Either one would have made this a stronger film but I don’t think even those two acting greats could save this mess. This 2-plus-hour film is an epic. An epic bore. It’s too long and too short where it counts: the story.
The film begins in a black-and-white
Directed by “Spider-Man” franchise helmer Sam Raimi, every scene seems to overstay its welcome. Even the climax, which is an homage to early
Thanks to the Warner copyright with the original, Oz is not what we remember: the munchkins barely show up and the trademarks in the original are missing : from the yellow brick road to the field of poppies.
What this movie really lacks is heart, emotion and charm, the mainstays of “The Wizard Of Oz”. That’s a movie you can watch and over again. I barely got through this film. Seriously, I was nodding off. Oz himself is so unlikable, it’s hard to care what happens to him. Since he’s the central character, that kind of says it all.
Yeah- an epic disappointment.