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Oz The Great and Boring!

  • Jul 31, 2013
Rented this movie over the weekend and it put me to sleep. James Franco is a charleton working in a traveling circus as a magician. He is more interested in giving music boxes to his female assistants than he seems to be interested in performing magic. He deals with hostile audiences that look for wires holding up his suspended assistant and then try to kill him when he is not able to make a handicapped child walk. He flees a strongman and gets whisked by a tornado to Oz.

He is discovered by Mila Kunis, who thinks he is the legend that was foretold to save Oz from the wicked witch. (His initials are OZ, hence he uses the name Oz which by chance is the name of the land he is in).  He befriends a flying monkey and travels with Mila to the Emerald City.  He is told by Mila's sister that he is a fake and not the foretold one but she insists that he is.  He is told that the way to fulfill the prophesy is to kill the wicked witch. 

I was pretty bored with this film at this point (almost an hour in) and fell asleep before I could finish.  There was nothing about the film that makes me want to watch the rest.  It is totally devoid of the musical numbers that the Wizard of Oz had.  James Franco makes a boring wizard.  I think they should have picked someone closer to the personality of the actor from the 1939 film. 

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July 31, 2013
I didn't care much for this when I saw it in theaters, Franco just did not sell his role. Kunis was good, but the plot was uninspired. Weisz was hot here though
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