Monday, September 09, 2013

Oz, The Powerfully Grating

Saw the recent Oz movie on DVD this weekend. James Franco only ever plays James Franco. From the Judy garland film, we already knew Oz has feet of clay, but JF is so abidingly unctuous and weasel-like that I sometimes longed for this to be a stoner comedy. 

Great job on effects, and Mila Kunis was great as the green witch. Nice touch with the acid tears burning her hide. She was less one-dimensional than you'd expect. 

Defeating the witches without bloodshed, though?  On second thought, maybe this was meant to be a stoner comedy. I wouldn't try listening to Dark Side Of The Moon to it, though. 

China Girl was particularly adorable. Colors were rich and beautiful, and the soundtrack was excellent. Worth seeing if you like that sort of thing. I am thrilled to report it's not a musical, either. 


Jennifer said...

It's worth it just for the effects and China Girl. I wanted to take her home. Mila Kunis did a great job, i thought. Loved the tragic turn of her story. James Franco was his usual smarmy self, but it was easily over-looked with all the shiny.

Roscoe said...

If you didn't see "This Is The End" this summer, put it at the top of your Netflix queue.

James Franco as (literally) James Franco in a stoner Apocalypse movie.

We laughed so hard that the couple in front of us walked out after the female half admonished us, "You should learn to be quieter."