I would be a bit more generous about James Franco’s performance but (as the women in the film) I might be swayed by his charm. And I agree with the choice to cut the musical number to just a “cameo” if for no other reason than it would change the dynamic of the scene with Oz’s disbelief at his “army”.
The middle of the film does plod along but there are a lot of story points made. Instead of developing those scene more, time and money was spent on the memorable moments. This is a trend I’ve been noticing more in recent blockbusters and is a reality film goers need to endure. At least I didn’t find any of the characters annoying and as a “Wicked” fan, I like the sympathetic backstory for the wicked witch. And flying baboons are really terrifying!.
It was overall enjoyable and worth watching again to catch the cameos and Oz references, And just as a hint to potential viewers, don’t this isn’t based on the classic movie or the Broadway musical but inspired by the original book,
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