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  • Mar 31, 2013
I'll admit my bias right away......several of my friends were background extras in this film. However, I have seen several movies with friends who were extras and disliked the film very much.

With that said, I was actually not expecting much. I expected all flash and little to no content. What I saw was something else.

Yes, the visuals were stunning. I saw it in 3D, so I got to experience all the effects at their full effect. However, even if one does not see it in 3D the colors pop out at you, but do not distract from the story. In general the effects are there just to get your attention, but are blended in to fit the story line. The costumes and sets were also amazing. They fit each scene well and I did not feel overpowered the actors.

I will also admit I came in with no assumptions of what was going to happen. Yes, I do know the story of the original movie, but I left that in the background in my brain. My reaction to parts of this movie that were similar to the original was usually, "oh so that's how that came about."

As with any movie they do take liberties with science and technology. However, I do think they did a good job of showing how the "Wizard" knew how to use his knowledge of science and technology to appear magical and then utilize the tinkers as well as the other townspeople to make his plan happen.

I did like the way that the various themes were intertwined in this movie sibling rivalry, con man sort of turned into good, and the "Wizard" realizing he is more than he thinks he is. I thought the writers did an incredible job of putting the two characters who had the least self-esteem together, The "Wizard" and Theodora, then showed how each ended up on two completely different paths because of who they met up with later in the movie. Theodora unfortunately just had her evil sister who played on Theodora's insecurities. The "Wizard" ran into characters who pushed him to get out of his comfort zone to do more than he thought he could. Ironically Theodora was the first of these.

I will be honest, if one is going to this movie to find a deeply spiritual film or high art, they are in the wrong place. The acting did feel forced with the "Wizard", James Franco, at times, as well as the live action portions Zac Braff did. It was a surprise to see this with both actors as they are both well seasoned. It might have to do with the script. I will have to say that the actresses playing the witches were excellent. Rachel Wise showed cool and classy, yet and evil undertone. Michelle Williams played a soft and sweet character who was funneling all of her inner strength for her people and to rally the "Wizard" to show him he was more than he thought he was. I have the highest praise for Mila Kunis as she did two completely different characters in this movie and did them well. We could see how vulnerable and sweet she was in the beginning, then felt her pure anger after change. I also thought both the live acting and voice acting of Joey King was very good. She did not overplay her part as the girl in the wheelchair at the beginning of the movie and she put sass, sadness, and vulnerability in her voice acting where it was needed later in the movie.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie greatly.  It is a great way to spend time for both the adults and the kids if you want to get away from the real world for a few hours.

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March 31, 2013
good review. I do have to say that I while I admitted that I wasn't the movie's target viewer, it had its strong points. I really had issues buying into Franco's character....
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