Oz The Great and Powerful



James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams star in Sam Raimi’s prequel to the much loved 1939 classic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ which starred Judy Garland.

There are one of two ways you can view this film, 1. As a Date Movie or 2. As a serious prequel to the original film. And, I expect that many audiences will be disappointed at the lack of originality in this film, the opening sequence for example is a carbon copy of the original.

It is also hard to like James Franco, who, frankly looks tired, and is trying too hard to be flamboyant, camp and a ‘showman’. Perhaps best known for his role in the serious ‘Spiderman’ trilogy, coincidentally, directed by Raimi. He simply doesn’t have the range to pull off such a complex character as Oscar Diggs.


However, Zach Braff of ‘Scrubs’ who portrayed Finley, the flying monkey was the character who had the most heart, and the best jokes. Michelle Williams gives a good turn as Glinda the Good and Mila Kunis tries, but fails to do anything new with Theadora the Good, whereas Rachel Weisz seems to be going through the motions.

In a film which could be so much more than simply filler before the much loved original ‘Wizard of Oz’, Raimi misses the point and is instead more intent on big action sequences, and animated sequences, which are well done, but are almost to no avail.

What was once so good about ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the clunky props, the so-so animation, the brilliant direction was what made the audience work for the magic, for their own belief in Oz.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor


A Collection of Independent Films

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Film is a wonderful medium, it bridges gaps, it can combines music, movement, mise-en-scene, cinematography, actors and directors as one. Its rather brilliant.

Independent Film is the Theme for this weeks First Issue and here, on the Blog, you can get a whole host of information on Independent Film. With exclusive interviews from those in the business and includes all you could ever hope to know about film.

Check out the collection of American Independent Films below;

‘(500) Days of Summer’ (2009)

‘Being John Malkovich’ (1999)

‘Donnie Darko’ (2001) 

‘127 Hours’ (2010) 

A Little Taster – First Issue, Independent Film

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

The Rabbit Film Section is about to give you a few tasters of what to expect in YOUR University newspaper.

Aron Ralston: Hey there, Aron! Is it true that you didn’t tell anyone where you were going?

You may have a review of Danny Boyle’s Independent Film, 127 Hours

Anna: I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.

You may also have a review of the wonderful Independent Film, Like Crazy which stars Felicity Jones (Northanger Abbey) and the Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin (Fright Night) in this original romantic drama.

Keep an eye out for the First Issue and for these reviews, which are written by your Deputy Editor and your Editor of the Film Section.