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Oz: The Great and Powerful Trailer: Looks Like Tim Burton Sucker Punched Sam Raimi on the Yellow Brick Road

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 12, 2012 | Comments ()


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I'll give it this much: It's colorful. It looks like Sam Raimi swallowed a whole bag of skittles and threw up on James Franco. But it also looks kind of neat, and I'm not about to dismiss a movie based on a minute and a half trailer. I guess I just wish it didn't look so ... Henry Selick. But I bet it still rocks. And yes, I'm hedging. Equivocating. That cast! That director! Oz! It's gotta be good, right? RIGHT?



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  • spaceagepaige

    I sooo wanted to see a new Oz movie. Til I found out goddamn James Franco is Oz!?
    The hell?
    I now have 0.05% intent of seeing this movie.

  • The trailer/movie looks fine! The only thing that scares me is the DISNEY logo placement. Is there nothing this corporation won't get their dirty hooks into? It starts with this film, and then comes the children's cartoon, and then the amusement rides at their parks. Not to mention all the damned merchandise. How did MGM lose this...?

  • Dear Disney,

    Just stop doing anything. Let Pixar handle it. Seriously. Walk away while some of us still remember that Disney once stood for heart warming family fare and epic animated tales instead of day glow saccharine crap.

    Signed, Everyone.

  • buell

    Flying monkeys... I'm in!

  • hapl0

    I hope the CG stays somewhere between Del Toro and Burton cause the former is too creepy and the latter is too shitty.

  • Luke

    Thought the 4:3 to 16:9 was cute since color isn't novel anymore

  • Lipton

    I can take or leave La Franco (the egotistical diva that he seems to be) but OMG that looks like the Oz I saw in my head when I was reading the books as a kid. It looks AMAZING. I'm going to have to see this.
    Raimi has his directorial flaws but he sure does have one wicked imagination. He really knows how to play some pretend.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Bruce Campbell as the wicked witch of the west.

  • kirbyjay

    Michelle and Rachel and Mila...OH MY!!!

  • Homme-Fatal

    I'll take Tim Burton over Sam Raimi any day. The trailer does look terrific, although Franco is an immediate turn-off for me. Why he keeps getting jobs when his acting range basically extends from "lighting up" to "completely baked" is beyond my comprehension.

  • Jannymac

    Agree completely...what's that famous movie quote...[he] ran the gamut of emotion from "A" to "B"?

  • kirbyjay

    Dorothy Parker on Katharine Hepburn

  • googergieger

    I once dismissed a movie because it was impossible to make a porno version out of it.

  • BWeaves

    O - The Great and Powerful.

    You can make a porno out of anything.

  • I just can't with Franco. He and his *art*.... I just can't.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman. The Avengers. Its got to be good, right?

    Famous last words of an ex-movie exec.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The Grateful Dead bears! Oh, please, make it stop!

    ps: can someone call up all the other posts where DR "dismisses a movie because of a minute and a half trailer"?

  • Jerce

    I'll almost certainly see this...but I sure do wish RDJ was still playing the lead.

  • Bedewcrock

    my god. it'd be perfect.

  • lonolove

    When did "Henry Selick" become a by-word for something shite?!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Did Michelle Williams always look so much like Traci Lords?

  • Derreck

    I totally see Kim Basinger in that close-up.

  • aroorda

    It's not a good sign I was reminded of the Disneybortion that was Alice in Wonderland by the trailer.

  • "
    That cast! That director! Oz! It’s gotta be good, right? RIGHT?"
    I said that about Spider-man 3.... Boy was I wrong... Still I hold out hope for this flick.

  • Tammy

    Dude, it looks great. What's the beef? That Oz (where Technicolor became a household name), is colorful?? I'd be livid if it wasn't. There's literally a character in the books named Polychrome! Raimi's doing just fine here.

  • Maguita NYC

    Right! It looks good, but it bugs that every newly-discovered land is always awaiting for its Messiah.
    Well, this one though would fit Franco's own idea of artistic grandeur to a T.

  • Lipton

    But that's what makes this all so funny. The Wizard just kind of bungles everything up and then Dorothy has to show up to pull his huevos out of the fryer.
    Of course, after Dorothy abandons Oz in geo-political chaos, a poor, abused farm boy has to turn into a princess in order to restabilize the government and get the trains running on schedule again.

  • Ben

    I wouldn't really call oz a messiah, in the books he's a charaltan and a conman that plays at being a god to these people.

  • Maguita NYC

    "He's a charaltan and a conman that plays at being a god to these people".

    Forgive my discord with all things godliness, but at the end, isn't every Messiah revealed to be nothing but a conman?

  • space_oddity

    That's kind of how the source material is though. Oz, Dorothy, Ozma. The place is always waiting for the one to come and save it. I grew up with these books (tattered copies of which had been my mother's when she was a child), so I'll go see this. Very interested to see how Raimi interprets the Land of Oz.

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