The Wizard Reviews
Roger Ebert, you're a knucklehead. No one would expect
you to like it.
As three kids embark on a road trip to California, where the world championship nintendo games are being held, other stories from their past come to fruition. Now, the main story is as cheesy as it sounds, but when the gut punch comes, getting you emotionally invested in a particular character, "The Wizard" becomes slightly surprising. I am not trying to praise this film or call in great in any regard, but it is a serviceable story with more heart than you'd expect. "The Wizard" is a fine time.
The story involves a little kid named Jimmy, who is determined to go to California, for some odd reason. His brother Corey breaks him out of an institution and the two go on a road trip heading west. They meet a girl named Haley, who also is traveling out west, and she joins them on their journey. Corey and Haley find out that Jimmy is a master at video games (despite him not ever playing some before), and together, the trio make their way to Los Angeles to compete in a video game tournament to win a grand prize. Meanwhile, Corey and Jimmy's father and older brother are out trying to find them, as well as a private eye who finds kids for a living are on their way of trying to rescue the boys. All of this so Jimmy could leave photographs of his dead sister inside one of the dinosaurs at Cabazon. Oh, and there's video games somewhere along the line too.
"The Wizard" is most notably a bad film. The writing and dialogue combined are very poor, that one wonders how this movie was written. It's so predictable; even first time viewers know what's going to happen. The acting and direction noticeably bad, as everyone is either a cliché, or just doesn't have a motivation for their character. Even Jimmy is wasted as he only has a few lines of dialogue , and even then, this character is uninteresting. Nothing in the movie moves at a simple pace, as the editing makes the movie drag its run time out. As for the main production, it's a basic road trip movie that really shows less of the video game aspect, and more on the boring characters. Speaking of which, the whole thing is basically one long commercial for the game Super Mario Bros. 3, which is the only interesting part of the film. It's a bad movie from start to finish.
Yet, despite the bad nature of the film, it's entertaining as hell. This is because the movie is so bad, it's good, mainly in part that it's so laughable, one cannot help but enjoy the corniness of it all. As stated before, the whole production is poorly executed, but watching it brings a smile to the viewer's face. Even promising giving the viewer a look at video games, "The Wizard" is corny from beginning to end. It's one of those rare treats that one needs to watch.
So, in conclusion, "The Wizard" may be bad in terms of its subject matter, but it's enjoyably fun to watch and behold of a different time when video games ruled the world.