Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rachel Weisz: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Rachel Weisz as an evil witch? Yes, please! Too bad she didn't get a chance to go all out. Even evil witches have to behave in children's movies. She did get to play a bit of a double agent though, and she had a couple of strong scenes with Mila Kunis, who played an innocent yet temperamental witch and her on-screen sister Theodora. Not the flashiest part, but I liked what I saw from Rachel here. Mysterious, seductive and dangerously beautiful.

Evanora and Theodora. I'm not crazy about the matching names, and even less crazy about their jealousy-driven family conflict, but I think both actresses looked and played their parts very well. I really don't understand all the negativity that's been targeted at casting choices and acting work in Oz the Great and Powerful. Maybe people don't realize that when a script tells you to look mean and shout insults into your crystal ball, there is not much space to maneuver acting-wise :) I think all leads did a fine job. There are no spectacular performances (although I loved Michelle Williams here), but for a CGI-heavy children's fantasy blockbuster the level of acting is totally satisfying.

Grade change: 74--->75. Same as Mila, a small but notable supporting part in a moderately successful movie.

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Rachel Weisz data sheet

Image: Walt Disney Studios

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