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by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2013-03-08 - 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

“ 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:

“ 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

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,

“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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Posted // March 21,2013 at 10:10

The movie from the monochrome 1905 Kansas with two-dimensional elements, travels through Oscar Diggs with “his balloon“ in the new world with glorious color and three-dimensional animation. This is Raimi’s real magic. Directed in the first instance it captures us by wildlife, especially it is stressed by the river ferries. A lot of computer-generated special effects but no magic.

Totally different point of view must notice … it was a magnificent journey for me !!!