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Oz the Great and Powerful
Until I read about Sam Raimi's "prequel" to the beloved Wizard of Oz classic, I was very skeptical. I tend to dislike sequels and prequels, but this one looks different. I read that it (like Wizard of Oz) is loosely based on L. Frank Baum's books for children and that Raimi intends it to be a nod to our favorite original film. It follows Oscar Diggs (the Wizard) on his journey from Kansas to Oz. We should see some familiar places (the Emerald City, Munchkinland, the yellow brick road), and I love that the movie begins in black and white and fades into color when Oscar reaches Oz. The trailer sold me:
The Great Gatsby
The girl who earned a degree in English, Speech, and Linguistics still lives inside my brain somewhere, and she is super-psyched about seeing F. Scott Fitzgerald's American masterpiece come to life on the big screen. And, if that's not enough for you, there's Leonardo DiCaprio, people! I don't think he's looked this good since Titanic. Swoon!
I am realizing as I write this that so far my list includes films based on books. I'm going to be super-honest and tell you that I am not a particular Nicholas Sparks fan. His books and movies all seem to follow a formula. And they make me cry. That's embarrassing.
This formula seems to work for Sparks, so I can't really blame him. If ain't broke, don't fix it. Safe Haven looks like it might be a bit different, so when a friend suggested that we choose it for book club next month and go see the movie together, I agreed that it was a great idea. It's on my Winter Reading List anyways. Trailer? Looks exciting!
One word: Funny! Jason Bateman always plays a great straight man, and Melissa McCarthy is downright hilarious. "I'm going after Bilbo."
What do you think? Anything that you've been looking forward to seeing?
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