Monday, October 18, 2010

'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Sam Raimi's next project, 'Oz The Great and Powerful' sounds somewhat disappointing, in my opinion. The movie will star Robert Downey Jr. in the title role which sounds great I mean who doesn't like RDJ, not to mention the fact that he shares the same caliber of Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in which he very rarely disappoints in his roles. But, supposedly they are creating the character of OZ as a sneaky salesman who is just posing as a magician. The film starts off with a man who just found out the magician slept with his wife. So the magician runs and finds himself into the Land of Oz where he meets and falls in love with Glinda the Good Witch. Together they try to fight off the evil wicked witches of the east and west, Evanora and Theodora. Theodora used to be a good witch but after OZ refused her sexual advances, Evanora convinces her to join forces and rule all of OZ. The witches are supposed to be sexy and seductive and wear thigh high boots.

Does anyone else think this sounds awful? L. Frank Baum would probably turn over in his grave if he heard this is what they are creating with his work and his characters. If you do not know who L. Frank Baum is, because I'm sure people in Hollywood don't, he is the creator of all things 'OZ.' He has written tons and tons of childrens books with all different stories residing in the land of OZ with most of the same characters. The 1939 movie, 'The Wizard of OZ' which stars Judy Garland as Dorothy was loosely based off of L. Frank Baum's book 'The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.' I hope there is more to 'OZ the Great and Powerful' because right now, it sounds awful and completely disappointing. Am I wrong in feeling this way? Maybe I'm just biast because 'The Wizard of OZ' is my favorite film of all time, but I hope the other OZ films that are in the making don't disappoint. Please share your thoughts.


  1. The GGI Dorothy of Oz is a sequel to the Wizard of Oz and is actually written by the great grandson of L. Frank Baum. Although the story has a few new characters in it, the story starts where the other left off. I think it'll be very creative especially with it being animation film. A lot of good actors are in it too, such as Martin Short- who I think will make the perfect villain. Although there are a lot of new Oz films in development, hopefully at least one will compare to our all time favorite ;)

  2. Dorothy of Oz sounds interesting, I guess because it's animated. You can't really go wrong with animated films these days. I just can't stand that Lea Michele girl hopefully she won't ruin it. I know L. Frank Baum's grandson did write a lot of stories to continue Baum's success, I just hope hollywood doesn't destory their masterpieces. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Mindy! It's always good to hear thoughts from an Oz fan <3