Hoo-boy, the news and announcements from San Diego Comic-Con are coming fast and furious now. Disney has just released a trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great & Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. In a word? Disappointing. A credit in the trailer boasts: “From the Producer of Alice in Wonderland, and unfortunately that terribly misguided Tim Burton monstrosity was exactly what I was reminded of watching this trailer. When the film transitions (very cleverly, I might add) from a black and white, 4:3 square-framed aspect ratio, into the widescreen, fully colored land of Oz, it looks like someone vomited out the most hideous, garish colors and a bunch of crappy CGI all over the screen. This isn’t OZ, it’s a landscape on some third-tier planet glimpsed for an instant during one of the Star Wars prequels; just more of the same over-polished, over-rendered environments that suck all the spirit and tangibility out of everything. Honestly, I’d much rather watch an entire film set in that 4:3 black and white world. It’s a hundred times more visually and tonally intruiging than that garish, soulless nonsense. I don’t mean to sound so negative, but man this looks horrible. What do you think?
Jeff is the defining voice of his generation. Sadly, that generation exists only in an alternate dimension where George Lucas became supreme overlord of the Earth in 1979 and replaced every television broadcast and theatrical film on the planet with Star Wars and Godzilla movies. In this dimension, he’s just a guy from New England who likes writing snarky things about superheroes, monsters, and robots.