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This movie is not a remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in fact its not a remake at all. Some
critics have called it a prequel but unless the munchkins got a smack of weird before meeting Dorothy, this isn't quite a prequel. However, it goes a long way in explaining why Oscar (that's the wizard's real name) is revered so highly in Oz and it explains Dorothy's first encounter with the Wizard of Oz.
Fantastic special effects and honestly a great story line. None of the "cheese" that was so reminiscent of the MGM musical yet just as colorful and full of wonder when the scenes shift from black and white to color. Great acting when you consider that each of the actors did more interacting with green screens than with the special things that inhabit Oz
The flying baboons are a bit scary so be careful if you are thinking of taking young children, personally I would stay at age 9 and above (okay maybe a bit younger).
Overall, quite enjoyable.
Look for some easter eggs in this movie that come from the original, its fun.
I still think that
in both movies the last scene after fading to black should be a female voice saying "Sir? ... Sir?...Wakeup".
Lots of fun and a great movie (no oscars here, but still a good movie). Special effects were good, acting was good and the story line (although a bit stretched) was not the same story line as the oriiginal, but that made it all the better.
I made the mistake of watching the subtitled version the night before I saw the 2011 version. Very
disappointing. Where the original foriegn language version told you everything you needed to know about the family this one did not, it was almost as if they were saying "you read the book, you already know." The research that Lisbeth did in this version was with information that could have been retrieved from any library, not the company headquarters where as in the original, she was researching expense reports, hardly the kind of information that can be retrieved anywhere. In the original, you discovered the "villain" almost at the same time that Mikail and Lisbeth did, in this one it was patently obvious. Again almost as if the director was trying to say "I couldn't have made it more plain, aren't you paying attention?" It was hard, also, to see the characters all speaking english, but newspapers posted on the store all in Swedish. The original was better even with subtitles.
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