I am not usually taken aback by a film, but Oz the Great and Powerful was a film the whole family can enjoy. It showed us how to look inside ourselves and although we may strive for greatness, we often overlook the inner strength that is already there. I was pleasantly surprised buy the use of graphics in this film. Although, at times, I did fell like I had fallen on to Pandora and was waiting for a big blue cat creature to come out of the woods. Oz was beautiful and Raimi kept very true to the original while giving us a new vision of the fabled land.
Seeing this for the first time, and never having seen Wicked, I really didn’t know how most of the early story came to be. This helped to put together some of the missing pieces while building the great wizard into the man he was destined to be. This is one of those films where you know the outcome, but the journey to that realization was a good one. I especially enjoyed the well written parallels between the characters back home and his new friends.
I saw this in 3D. Generally, I am not a big fan of movies jumping out at me around every corner, but this wasn’t like that. Yes, of coarse there were a few moments but at points I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride right there with Franco! They utilized the 3D to bring you into the story ,rather than just to poke you with it. SPOILER ALERT*** At one point, they are dancing and it feels like you are in Francos arms right there in Oz.
The animated characters were something I was afraid of. In the previews, I saw a weird little girl doll and a flying monkey… WHAT!!! Oh crap, these are going to be the annoying comic relief to make the kids laugh… At least that is what I thought. The Monkey and the doll were integral to the wizards character arc and although they did pose as the comic relief at times, it wasn’t over the top.
All three witches did good job. I really enjoyed seeing the dynamics between the sisters and learning a little more about how the Wicked Witch became green and so evil. Franco is always a solid bet in my book and he never lets me down. One person that I felt was overshadowed in this film was Zach Braff. He is in the first part of the film and is the voice of the monkey throughout the remainder. His light comedic style really brought his characters to life and ensured that you didn’t take them too seriously unless you needed too.
Excellent visuals, beautiful sets, amazing acting, and surping (to me) an incredibly well written script. I would definitely recommend seeing this. More than once… probably. Will I buy it… maybe in $7.50 Blu-Ray bin. $9.99 tops. Absolutely worth a look, though.
I will be attending a screening of Oz The Great and Powerful this evening and would like to share with you my thoughts going into this. Some of the preliminary reviews I read stated that Remy takes it over the top and focuses more on the graphics than they story. Weisz is her normal witty self and Franco nails it as always. I am anxious to see if this is accurate. From the previews I have seen, it feels to me like they green screened everything and we will spend most of the film looking at the visuals rather than the story. While I like the actors in this, I am lost faith in Hollywood that they can put together an amazing story without overdoing the green screening.
Sooooo… Bummer, the screening was moved until Friday. Rest assured, I will be posting my thoughts on this film at that time. Thanks for checking in.
The Fountain (2006)
I write to you tonight as the gentle glow of the moonlight is reflected in the glistening teardrops adorning my cheeks. I am humbled. I am nothing more than a woman in love that fears a life without her better half. This film defies time and space to reach deep inside your soul. It reminds you to grasp the fleeting moments we have on this little blue planet and reflects upon the fear we will all one-day face, death. I enjoyed the symbolism and applaud these visionaries for keeping the theme strong throughout. In life there is death and death gives life. Although we are all destined to parish, we constantly better ourselves to avoid the inevitable. Those great leaps help future generations to life longer giving us more time to truly live. Without death, what is the value of life?
Hugh Jackman plays a scientist conflicted with his own fear of losing his dying wife, Rachel Weisz. She is plagued by a tumor that he spends his life trying to fix. Even with the advances he makes, they are too late. I am young, and fear the moment when my husband and I will be taken from each other into the uncertain. Some believe there is an afterlife, a heaven, or even that we will be reborn. This film made me reflect on the inner understanding that we are all a part of nature and are only given a short time to enjoy this gift. Jackman’s character is taken through stages of grief, from denial, anger, and into acceptance. When we realizes that death is life, is able to let go and move on knowing that the gift he has was meant to help others in his same situations. Weisz’s death will help others live.
While in a bubble of his own creation, Jackman brings a tree that at first we are lead to believe is the tree of life. I believe the vision of this tree was more a reflection on his own inner desire to save Weisz. The tree, in essence, represented her. The stories parallel a book that Weisz writes about a Conquistador that is sent looking for the tree of life by the Queen of Spain. In her condition, she learned to make piece with death and understood that her death is only the beginning of life. She was not afraid and was able to convey this in her book. By asking Jackman to finish it, he was able to face his daemons and allow that fear and loneliness to die, making way for the creation of a new man, and a new world of medicine.
The visuals were incredible; they used light to help tell the story. The symbolism helped to drive the story, and while confusing at times, the story made a statement about life and death. I really enjoyed this film and will certainly be adding it to my collection. I am unsure how it took me this long to find this film, maybe in our early relationship, this film wouldn’t have made as much since to me. I am glad that I watched “The Fountain.” If you get nothing more for this blog, I do recommend anyone that has ever been in love, to see this film.