Friday 5 July 2013

Friday Film Club: Oz The Great And Powerful & Hansel and Gretel

This week's Friday Film Club has a fairy tale twist, with one film for the family and one for grown ups only...

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Oz The Great And Powerful (rated PG)
I've never seen The Wizard of Oz. I know. It's a classic. But for one reason or another, I've just never watched it but I know the general story. When I saw the trailer for Oz The Great And Powerful, I was particularly intrigued and the bright colours and effects looked really impressive. It also had a good cast list and seemed to be the perfect family film for a Friday night.

Available to buy on DVD this week, I have to say that I did enjoy this film. It was a little long and the lead, Mr James Franco, best known for his role as Spider-man's best friend turned nemesis, was pretty dull to watch but otherwise, I enjoyed the quirky world of the yellow brick road.

What's good about it? The first 20 minutes is spent getting to know Oz before a tornado takes him away from his black and white world to the multicolour of the mystical land of Oz and I like the way they filmed this. The creativity of the landscape and characters is fun and very colourful to behold and children are sure to enjoy this, even if they don't pay that much attention to the story.

What's not so good? It's far too long and just seems to take a while to get going. James Franco is rather boring and flat in his performance and there isn't much depth at all to the characters.

To Become Mum verdict:  It's a fun, lighthearted film that can be watched by the whole family if you don't expect too much and just want to sit back and enjoy a colourful film that re-imagines the famous tale. 3/5.

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Hansel and Gretal (rated 18)
Most certainly NOT a film to watch with the kids, this is a gory, slow-mo action scene riddled re-telling of the classic fairy tale about a brother and sister whose love of Haribo lands them in hot water with a witch. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Artheton, the brother and sister have grown up to be witch hunters following the rather gruesome opening sequence in which they kill the witch who tempted them with her house of candy.

In a very similar vain to the much more family friendly Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and the late great Heath Ledger, Hansel and Gretel are hired to rid terrified towns of the witches that steal their children. There's not much point in going into the story in any more detail than that as frankly, it's only there as an excuse to hold the fast-paced gruesome action scenes together. From one imaginative death of a witch to another, everything seems to blur into a big red mess and before long, you realise you don't really care at all what happens in the end.

To Become Mum verdict: A time waster of a film, even the boys will find it to be pointless and dull despite its great efforts to come across as an action slash horror movie twist on the popular children's tale. 0/5.

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