Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012)
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|Rating:||PG (for sequences of fantasy action and peril, scary images and brief language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Leigh Scott (II)|
|Written By:||L. Frank Baum, Leigh Scott (II)|
|In Theaters:||Feb 17, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Apr 10, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
Good idea, poor execution. That's what plagues Leigh Scott's film. That and some bad acting, plus a disjointed feel that makes it difficult to follow what's happening and why.
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This is a review of the close to 3 hour miniseries and not the considerably shorter theatrical release. The Witches of Oz is written and directed by Leigh Scott, a man who cut his teeth working at The Asylum, and if you're familiar with their work then alarm bells should already be ringing. It sees an older Dorothy realising that the stories she writes of Oz are actually all true, and now the wicked witch is in our world to try and take over. AAAHHHH! This film is both ambitious and terrible for the most part. The first episode deals with painfully unfunny slapstick and cartoon caricatures. The second episode turned into an all out battle and tried to be a lot darker. The film has its ups and downs. The likes of Lloyd and Henriksen give great performances as they usually do, especially Hendrcksen who has a lot of experience in no budget territory. But we also have two Lord Of The Rings alumni trying hard not to die of embarrassment on screen. It's hard to tell with Astin and Boyd whether they are simply giving bad performances on purpose or if Jackson was just a much better director when dealing with actors. No doubt these two looked around the set and couldn't believe what their (I'm guessing by now, former) agents had gotten them into. Still, it's hard not to admire Scott's ambition and vision. He uses practical and computer effects well, and some of the designs are pretty cool, especially the Tin-Man. It obviously has designs on being a big epic fantasy, but it's impossible to take it seriously. I hear the hour shorter director's cut has better effects and is better concerning the pacing. There's certainly enough to make a child friendly kids TV special, maybe at the 70-80 minute mark, but I wouldn't sit through the whole thing again.
It's got some people in it that I had to watch it because of. It's actually not horrible, but it is verry different from what you are used to with the Wizard of Oz. But if you like that sort of thing, I recommend it.
The special effects were totally bogus, but I liked the story. The plot was a strangely enjoyable departure from the usual Dorothy/Oz/Wizard/Witch story.
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