Oz the Great and Powerful

This movie was a monumental disappointment.  Its plot was so devoid of any substance it can be summarized spoiler-free, simply by reciting a list of gender offensive stereotypes:

-Blonde girls are good, dark haired ones are bad.

-Women who show initiative and take charge are evil, those who wait around for a man to come and take charge are good.

-Any sexual impurities utterly ruin the female’s character for the rest of her life, while the male party has no need to acknowledge responsibility or take part in shame, but on the contrary has his personality confirmed as good and he is awarded the “good,” pure girl.

-Little white girls are saviors who refine character, particularly when they’re in pain.

-Everything with women comes down to looks.

 

So much for what the plot entailed.  What it did not contain also harmed it, as it failed to answer any questions or add any unpredictable story layers to its cannon.  There is no mention of ruby slippers or where they came from, no explanation for why water is the Wicked Witch of the West’s kryptonite, no description of the flying monkey’s relationship with people…..nothing interesting.

 

Even from a visual standpoint, “Oz the Great and Powerful” disappointed.  In a world littered with iconic visuals like the chilling appearance of the Wicked Witch in the Emerald City and the first time Dorothy sees Oz’s projection, this movie offered: bright colors, a stunning visual of China Town they put onscreen for all of 10 seconds, and visually interesting opening credits.  That’s it.  Even the costumes were decidedly unmemorable, except for what color they were.

 

In short, “Oz the Great and Powerful” contains absolutely nothing worth seeing, let alone paying for.

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