Friday, March 8, 2013

The Hack Stamp: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Posted By on March 8, 2013, 10:17 AM

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If only critics had the courage, heart and brains to know when to avoid obvious Wizard of Oz references in reviews of Oz the Great and Powerful. ---

Some of them reach at least a little bit in their reference points:

“Somewhere over the rainbow there may be a more magical movie, but this will certainly do.” – Tom Long, Detroit News

“...you draw back the curtain and realize this is a really a Blunder-full Blizzard of Blahs.” – Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

Plenty opt for one of the more obvious brain/heart/courage combos:

“...it could use more heart, courage and brains.” – Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

“If Oz the Great and Powerful only had a brain. And heart. And courage.” – Matt Pais, Red Eye

“It took brains to create such a sumptuous fantasia with pixels and keyboard swipes. Now, if it only had a heart.” – Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times

“Making a prequel to The Wizard of Oz takes courage and brains. This one's got a little of both, but most of all it has heart.” – Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound

“It may not have much courage in its adherence to the 1939 classic, [but] the film still manages to find both a brain and heart somewhere along the way.” – Matt Looker, The Shiznit.co.uk

Even if you manage to avoid Wizard of Oz puns, there's still that title sitting there, daring you not to notice:

Oz the Great and Powerful isn't great, nor is it powerful, but it is competent and entertaining.” – Jordan Riefe, Boston Phoenix

“What we get here is Oz the Amiable and Unthreatening.” – Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer

“The new spinoff ... may not be great, exactly, but it is powerfully entertaining.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Great and powerful? More like merely good and enjoyable.” – James Croot, Flicks.co.nz

“A few adjectives shy of great and powerful.” – Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This week's winner, for managing to kill two Hack-birds with one review:

“If it only had a brain. Or a heart. Or nerve. … There is nothing here that is great, or powerful.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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