It's been a while since we had a movie review, so I thought I'd take on one of the current box office leaders.
Oz brings us the back story of the fabled Wizard. We learn that he's really just a moderately talented and somewhat shady illusionist (named Oscar, but amazingly he goes by "Oz") eking out a hardscrabble existence in rural Kansas circa 1905. Fleeing from an enraged strongman, he hops into a hot-air balloon to make his escape. A convenient tornado sends him "over the rainbow".
>>Of course, nearly all references to Dorothy's über-familiar technicolor adventure have been excised, thanks to some legal machinations between Disney and Warner Bros.<<
Oz eventually befriends a flying monkey (but he's nice, so WB didn't mind) and rescues a real China (as in porcelain) Doll (in China Town, naturally) as they make their way to the Emerald City. Soon, the battle between good and evil takes place with the obvious outcome.
We do get to see Munchkins (who do get to sing one short song) and there are a couple of quick homages to Baum's original story (in the clear legally). The 3D effects are predictable but nothing special.
My overall experience -- well, I'm going to paraphrase another great author, Mark Twain, who had similar thoughts on the game of golf.
"Oz, a good 130 minutes wasted."
Zounds! Agman dos’t make sig!