This Rotten Week: Predicting Oz The Great And Powerful And Dead Man Down Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-03-03 07:30:18discussion comments
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Still recovering from your Oscar hangover? Still debating Seth MacFarlane’s performance? Still reveling in the year that was? Well guess what, it’s time to move on. Because the movies don’t stop. This week we’ve got dead men down and a trip to Oz.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Oz the Great and Powerful
While for some getting sucked up in a cyclone-ing vortex and hurtled at deathly speeds through the atmosphere would be one of those “Uh-oh” situations from which nightmares are created, there are a couple of feel good stories thrown in here and there. (Though I’d suspect a bunch of Midwest folks would probably take a little umbrage with the implication of any tornado “upside”.) For those few who came out the other side of the twister and actually landed in Oz (and not say the farm or trailer park down the street), the circling winds even portended a bit of greatness.

Oscar Diggs’ trip in the balloon, down the Yellow Brick Road and into the Emerald City meant the beginning of a monarchy ruling over witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, and presumably, these dudes. Not a bad little getaway.

Drag Me to Hell-92%, Spider-Man 2-93%), Oz the Great and Powerful goes prequel style, (a couple of years B.T.-Before Toto) and appears to cover familiar Frank L. Baum turf while possibly leaving out the political intrigue Wicked imagined. Starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz, this latest take on Oz uses CGI to create a more elaborate world than Dorothy and crew ever could, and early reviews are positive. While those sentiments may dip over the course of the week, it does appear Raimi has created a fun movie, imagining Oz as a bigger, more magical place than we’ve seen before. I think critics end up on the right side of the meter. The Rotten Watch for Oz the Great and Powerful is 62%

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