How “Great and Powerful” is “Oz”?
Nancy: The original Oz movie was an ensemble. It’s about the sidekicks. The vaudevilllian actors who played Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man were all hams and scene stealers. The characters are iconic.
Bruce: I kinda wish we’d seen it in 3D or IMAX—Sam Raimi’s visuals were great. This is one case where it might’ve been worth the extra money. But it was fun seeing it in Times Square, because the crowd was very demonstrative. The guys in the back snickered dirtily at the end when Oz took Glinda behind the curtain. She wasn’t such a good witch anymore!
Nancy: I think it’s a fun movie overall. They had this sort of watered down Lord of the Rings thing happening.
Bruce: I fell asleep during the first LOTR movie and never woke up, so you’d have to explain the parallels to me.
Nancy: It’s painful to me, your aversion to the epic. There is the quest of the good to take back what was lost from the evil who are very, very formidable and death dealing but then the good guys defeat them fairly easily no explanation in the final battle.
Bruce: Was Gollum one of the flying baboons? They might be too scary for little kids.
Nancy: Rachel Weisz would be a perfect main character for the movie of my book—are you listening, Rachel?? Rachel??
Bruce: Whenever I hear Rachel Weisz, I think of “Edelweiss.” And then I start singing.
Nancy: There is one similarity between this movie and the original: Both are about people who need to believe in their own power.
Bruce: I preferred HBO’s Oz, but that’s just me. I love a good prison drama, even if I have to endure male full-frontal nudity.
Nancy: Dororthy needed to believe she could always go home and Oz needed to believe that he could be a good man.
Bruce: A good man was hard to find in HBO’s Oz. And a hard man was good to find. Thank you, ladies and germs—good night!
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