Oz The Great And Powerful
James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, a side-show magician nicknamed 'Oz', who not only relies on his ability to deceive and misdirect the audience members, but also any attractive female who takes an interest in him.
When the carnival strongman comes after him for seducing the strongman's girlfriend, Oscar climbs into a carnival hot air balloon to get away from him. Unfortunately, a tornado is moving onto the carnival just as he leaps into the balloon basket, sending the balloon twisting and flipping into the eye of the storm. The storm carries Oscar crashing down into a colorful world where he lands in a stream. The film transforms from small-screen black and white to wide-screen cgi color when Oscar crashes into Oz. The edges of the screen actually roll back, widening the picture.
As Oscar climbs out of the stream a beautiful dark-haired girl in red appears at the edge of the water, asking him if he is the wizard that was prophesied about by her sister, who said a wizard would fall from the sky and rescue Oz. Her name is Theodora, played by Mila Kunis, and she says she's a witch. She says she's a bad witch, though, because her sister told her so. Nothing she does or says gives the impression that she is anything but kind and loving, though, and her insistence that she is bad confuses Oscar. He doesn't believe her that she is a witch, and says 'witches are ugly and old and scary looking.'
Oscar comes upon Glinda outside a cemetery in the middle of the night. He nearly gets her wand without her noticing, but fails out of fear. Glinda turns and catches Oscar. It quickly becomes apparent that she doesn't seem particularly evil. In fact, she's only at the cemetery to visit the grave of the murdered king. Meanwhile, Evanora is screwing with Theodora's head. She pulls out a music box identical to the one Oscar gave to Theodora and begins listening to it play. She tells Theodora that Oscar gave it to her after he arrived in Oz and that he danced with her for hours. None of this is true, but it makes Theodora cry. Her own tears burn her as they roll down her cheeks. Evanora convinces Theodora that all her feelings for Oscar are the cause of her pain and that if she would just become like her, she wouldn't feel pain ever again, and she would be powerful. She offers Theodora a green apple which she says will melt away her heart and give her infinite knowledge. Bitterly, and still crying, Theodora takes the apple and eats it. The poison causes her intense pain, as her heart dies inside her, and turns her green and ugly. Even her sister, Evanora, is shocked by the transformation. But when she offers to fix Theodora's appearance to be attractive again, Theodora says 'no' and insists she wants to look like the kind of witch that Oscar thought a witch looks like - ugly and scary.
I'm not going to tell you the rest of the film. You should go and see it. It is a good movie. It does an excellent job of explaining how this 'wizard' arrived in Oz, why he and Theodora have such a hostile relationship with each other, why he appears as a giant floating head with fire and smoke, and more.
I rate this movie 4 stars out of 5. Go see it. It's good.
This Is 40
Judd Apatow wrote and directed this film. He's known for his comedy films, as is his beautiful wife, Leslie Mann, who plays the lead female character in what may be her best and most memorable role of her career. This is a follow-up to the film "Knocked Up," taking place several years later.
Pete and Debbie, played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, are a couple married 14 years, with 2 daughters, one of whom is turning into a hormonal monster that makes the bad witches in Oz look friendly and fun. Interestingly, the 2 daughters, Sadie and Charlotte, are played by Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann's real-life daughters, Maude and Iris Apatow. This is actually the third film in which her real-life daughters have played her on-screen daughters. Pete runs a music production business that is failing, but he tries to keep the financial crisis from Debbie. Debbie runs a clothing store catering to women and has an employee that has stolen $12,000 from the store, but she doesn't know which one is stealing. It is either Megan Fox, playing Desi, or Charlyne Yi, from "House", playing Jodi. Desi has a side-job as a professional escort. Jodi has an addiction to Oxycontin.
I'm not going to go into the story because you really have to watch it to get it. It's not a mystery or an adventure film where the story is easy to summarize. It's a marriage and a family with various problems associated with all of that. And it's funny. It's funny as hell. And Leslie Mann is briefly topless in the film, which is quite impressive and I hope she does a lot more of that because she is beautiful.
I rate this film 4.5 stars out of 5. I was really impressed. Go see this movie if you haven't already.
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