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Fri., March 15, 2013, 4:13 p.m.

Review: Oz: Not So Great & Powerful

Dan Webster/Dually Noted talks about growing up in a household with a distant military father, who often took Dan and his two siblings to the movies or library to keep them busy. Now for Dan's post re: latest Oz movie:

And among the books that all three of us did read were the works of L. Frank Baum. We knew Baum, of course, from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” So we read the inspiration for that movie, Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” But, too, we read “Ozma of Oz,” “The Patchwork Girl of Oz,” “The Scarecrow of Oz” and several other of Baum’s “Oz” novels. So I was ready for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Sam Raimi’s contribution to Baum’s world. Starring James Franco as a young conman/magician working the backroads of Kansas, “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a prequel to Baum’s first “Oz” novel – and Victor Fleming’s 1939 movie. What I wasn’t ready for was how ordinary Raimi’s movie would be. More here.

Question: I still plan to see this movie, although I've been forewarned. Anyone seened it already?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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