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YMMV: Oz: The Great and Powerful
  • Adaptation Displacement: Exploited. Oz is legally a prequel to the books but intends to be a prequel to the film.
    • This even extents to the movie's title. "Oz, the Great and Powerful" is the moniker the Wizard uses in the 1939 film. In the book, he styles himself as Oz, the Great and Terrible.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critical opinion is mixed, barely maintaining a Fresh consensus at Rotten Tomatoes for a while before dipping into Rotten territory, but fans are pretty happy with it. Bear in mind that the critics are comparing it to one of the most famous movies ever. (Alice in Wonderland had a similar reception.)
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: It's Danny Elfman, after all.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Alright, show of hands who has read fanfiction involving Theodora getting redemption, even though the film shows that this is literally a physical impossibility? Hilariously enough, Mila Kunis does wear leather pants in this movie.
  • Dueling Movies: With Dorothy of Oz.
  • Ear Worm: The music box theme and the fanfare.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joey King as the China Girl is often cited by critics as the best character in the movie.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Glinda reveals Evanora to be the real villain of the story and that Evanora had tricked Oz (you know, like he did back in Kansas, only with parlor tricks instead of real magic), suddenly Oz's interactions with Evanora become Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Genius Bonus: Oz's love interest back in Kansas, Anne, is going to marry a man named Gale. Many sources give Dorothy's surname as Gale.
  • Hate Dumb:
    • A number of people are already condemning the film simply because it contradicts/has nothing to do with Wicked, while others are complaining that they got Elphaba's name wrong. On the flipside there are fans of Baum's book that are tired of people treating Wicked like canon, and so are happy to see an alternative prequel.
    • Also, people claiming that Oz later ordered Theodora's death, when in fact the Wizard only does so in the original book. In the MGM film, which this movie is set in continuity with, he only asks that Dorothy steal her broomstick, with the Scarecrow only assuming that they'd have to kill her to do that and Oz himself clearly doubting that they'll succeed or even attempt.
    • It is also getting a lot of hate simply because it is a prequel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In That '70s Show, Mila Kunis's character Jackie played Dorothy in the Off to See the Wizard episode. She now plays Theodora, aka the Wicked Witch of the West.
    • In addition, in that particular episode, Donna was mortally offended that Jackie imagined her as the Wicked Witch of the West. In Oz the Great and Powerful, Jackie is the Wicked Witch of the West.
    • There's a lot of parallels to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: both are big-budget 3-D Disney movies about people who go to a fantasy land that was All Just a Dream in their respective original movies, discover they're prophesied — by name — to save the land from a pair of warring, psychotic sisters but the Big Good on their side is forbidden to kill and the Big Bad(s) are exiled in the end.
  • Jerkass Woobie: You will want to reach through and hug Theodora...but after seeing Evanora corrupt her, you wouldn't be too unjustified in keeping your distance
  • Les Yay: Some see it between Evanora and Glinda, and also Theodora and Glinda. They both seem obsessed with caressing Glinda's face and calling it pretty out of...jealousy. Yeah, jealousy. Sure.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Evanora hasn't already crossed this with the murder of Glinda's father, she crosses it when she tricks Theodora into losing her heart and all her goodness, and becoming a witch more wicked than she is. Even she realized after this act that she had taken her quest for power too far and that there was no turning back.
  • Narm: LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO MEEEEEE! Much of what Theodora says after her Face-Heel Turn comes off as ridiculous due to her Chewing the Scenery.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Again, Theodora. It's rare that a performance can be so hilarious and terrifying at the same time, but Mila Kunis somehow manages to pull it off.
      • She is trying to fill the pointed hat of one of the greatest Large Ham roles in cinema.
    • Oscar's performance as "The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz" is such over the top scenery chewing that it would plunge headlong into Narm territory if it also didn't happen to be his truly epic victorious Moment Of Awesome against the wicked witches with Rule of Cool on his side.
  • Playing Against Type: A Double Subversion for Mila Kunis, who goes from playing the sweet and naive Theodora to the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Race Lift (Type 1): The people of Oz are incredibly diverse compared to The Wizard of Oz (which was made in 1939). Where did they go between Oscar and Dorothy's visits?
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: One of the most vocal complaints about the movie is the writing of the relationship between Oz and Theodora. Theodora's Start of Darkness was a result of Love Makes You Evil...but the two of them were barely on-screen together at the same time to develop such deep feelings for each other. The rushed nature of the development made it stand out more.
  • Signature Scene: Oz is sucked into the tornado.
    • Oz and his party using smoke and mirrors... literally... to create the "Wizard of Oz" persona for Oz.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Oz soon discovers that letting Finley in on his secret leads to being loudly announced as "the totally genuine Wizard".
  • Strangled by the Red String: Oscar and Theodora. A major part of the movie's plot revolves around her falling in love with him, and then turning evil after she thinks he's betrayed her. But this falls short when you realize that Oscar and Theodora have only known each other for a day or two before he leaves the Emerald City and they don't see each other again until after her Face-Heel Turn. Despite this, she's already talking about how she'll be his queen and they'll rule Oz together, and completely breaks down when she thinks he's cheating on her. It's also not entirely clear how far their relationship went to begin with and whether they actually slept together or not, which can make Theodora come off as a Clingy Jealous Girl or a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Wizard of Oz continues to cast a huge shadow over pop culture, so a film positioning itself as a prequel takes a lot of nerve...
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The reason Theodora turns evil can come off as this. Someday, Oz will (in the original book) ask a little girl to murder his psycho ex-girlfriend. note 
    • The movie as a whole feels like a mean spirited anti-feminist flic (ironic, given how L.F.B. was a feminist himself), with the female characters all either irrationally overemotional or glorified madonnas. To say nothing on how they all need a man to save them. note  According to Word of God, this is partially intentional, as he wanted to create a fairy tale with a male lead. Furthermore, two of the witches were Doomed by Canon to become evil and the movie makes it quite clear that Theodora is not acting on her own free will.
    • The two actresses playing the "bad" witches—Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz—are both Jewish brunettes, in contrast to the blonde Norwegian-American Michelle Williams as Glinda, which is another can of worms altogether.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: To a number of viewers, Theodora even after her Face-Heel Turn was a Designated Villain more deserving of sympathy than the "good guys", and could not realistically become such an iconic villain as The Wicked Witch of the West.
  • What Could Have Been: Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp were Raimi's first choices to play the role of Oz, but it ultimately went to James Franco.
    • Before Raimi was attached to the project, Disney's first choice for director was Sam Mendes.
  • The Woobie:
    • Headstrong as China Girl is, your paternal/maternal instincts kick in when she's onscreen.
    • The girl in the wheelchair who China Girl is based on. It's heartbreaking to see her belief in magic crushed after Oz reveals to her that he can't help her walk again.
    • Frank, Oz's assistant back in Kansas. He's devoted to Oz despite Oz being an outright Jerkass to him. And then he watches Oz get sucked into the tornado and we never hear from him again.
    • Glinda. Between having her father killed, being framed for his murder, and getting tortured by the wicked witches in the climax of the movie, she's been through alot.
    • Theodora. A kindhearted, young, innocent girl who only remained neutral to keep peace between two feuding witches and in Oz. She's tricked into becoming evil against her own will by her own sister, who exploits her passionate love for the hero. She clearly is under the influence of magic while evil, and yet the people of Oz hate her, unaware of all this.

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