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Old 02-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Saw OZ yesterday

There was a pre-screening for DVC members so we got to go view it. It was help in the building between Canada and England.
They were very strict about recording devices and if you had a phone or camera with you, you had to leave it at the door. They also searched bags and used a wand to check you person.
They showed 3 trailers prior to the movie. Monsters University, Lone Ranger and Iron Man 3. The movie was shown in 3D, so everyone got glasses. They did some trivia prior and gave away special glasses or a OZ t-shirt.

The movie itself was ok. Can't say I was over the moon about it. I think a big part was I didn't care much for James Franco as the wizard. It was interesting too how things were 'explained' that lead to the original movie. But it was fun and a cool experience all the same. Won't say anything more about the movie because I don't want to spoil anything.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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I know you don't want to give away too much of the movie but...

DD7 LOVES to Wizard of Oz and wants to see it. I know it says some scenes may be intense for young viewers. We don't allow her to watch too scary movies but she can handle some action. What is your opinion on children seeing it? Thanks!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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I saw previews for this when we went to see Les Mis and wondered if it would be any good. It seemed like it would be visually stunning (all the bright colors in Oz, etc.).
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
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I posted this on the DVC board but I'll add it here, too. I will say some of the visuals were gorgeous. Otherwise:

We saw the 1:00pm show Saturday and all four of us (two age 25, one age 19, one age 55) HATED it. Terrible acting - especially James Franco. Mila Kunis tried but her part as one of the wicked sisters was just awful. Poor Michelle Williams had a frozen look on her face for most if the movie, like she knew it was terrible, but what could she do about it?

We also spent a lot of time talking about the plot - just dumb for the most part - the characters, none of them very likeable - and the sidekicks! If they based it on the book they were stuck but watching James Franco try to act with an animated china doll a foot high was just creepy.

Ugh - we just hated it. So disappointing.
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Don't like james Franco and was really turned off from seeing the movie because of him...Thanks for the review.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #6
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I posted this on the DVC board but I'll add it here, too. I will say some of the visuals were gorgeous. Otherwise:

We saw the 1:00pm show Saturday and all four of us (two age 25, one age 19, one age 55) HATED it. Terrible acting - especially James Franco. Mila Kunis tried but her part as one of the wicked sisters was just awful. Poor Michelle Williams had a frozen look on her face for most if the movie, like she knew it was terrible, but what could she do about it?

We also spent a lot of time talking about the plot - just dumb for the most part - the characters, none of them very likeable - and the sidekicks! If they based it on the book they were stuck but watching James Franco try to act with an animated china doll a foot high was just creepy.

Ugh - we just hated it. So disappointing.
We were at the 4:30 showing. I would say you pretty much nailed it. I did love the scenery and costuming, but overall the acting was almost forced. I think if they had cast the wizard better (maybe Robert Downey Jr.) it would have been better. More chemistry between everyone.

There were a few parts that may frighten younger children, but hard to say not knowing the kids.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear that the film is so terrible. Let's face it, The Wizard of Oz is a hard act to follow or prequel. I hoped that Disney could pull it off, but I'm not too surprised they didn't.

Thanks for the reviews folks.
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We were in Epcot a few days ago and saw the set-up area for the movie. I took pictures. It was really nice.

Glad you got to go. Even if the movie was a bust I hope they still had the area decorated and such for you to take pictures. The games for the kids were really cute.
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Yes, it was a lot of fun to get to be part of the sneak peek!
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Thanks for the review. I suspected as much. The cast was just so poorly picked. WTH were they thinking?

I don't hate Franco but to have him as "the wizard" is odd. He is just NOT a character actor.

I love Mila as well but in "The Oz"? She is another that just cannot pull it off as a character actor.

I adore Rachel Weisz but again as a character actor...no.

They just picked actors who are too "dry" for this movie. Don't know what the heck they were doing?

And they should have went younger anyway. Why would you put all those old fogey's in a Disney movie for kids?
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We were in Epcot a few days ago and saw the set-up area for the movie. I took pictures. It was really nice.

Glad you got to go. Even if the movie was a bust I hope they still had the area decorated and such for you to take pictures. The games for the kids were really cute.
That's actually for the flower and garden festival.
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That's actually for the flower and garden festival.
Even the carnival games? Don't get me wrong it is really a cool set up just doesn't scream Flower and Garden to me. I did get to see some of the topiary's that were sculpted and I really liked them and it looks like they are going to have food/drink stands also. It is definitely a different Flower and Garden this year. Bummed I missed it.
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I'm sorry to see these poor reviews. I was really hoping this would be a good one. Thank you for sharing though.
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Even the carnival games? Don't get me wrong it is really a cool set up just doesn't scream Flower and Garden to me. I did get to see some of the topiary's that were sculpted and I really liked them and it looks like they are going to have food/drink stands also. It is definitely a different Flower and Garden this year. Bummed I missed it.
Yes, because it's the Oz area.
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Bummer, I was afraid that it would suck. I had myself really built up for Alice in Wonderland and I didn't love it, so I had kept my expectations for this pretty darn low. Maybe they would be more successful coming up with an original story, then there's nothing to compare it to.
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