New Oz: The Great And Powerful Trailer looks suitably epic

It’s going to be very strange watching Oz: The Great and Powerful after reading Wicked. You may recall that, in Gregory Maguire’s novel set in L Frank Baum’s universe, The Wizard was the bad guy who tricked Dorothy into offing his political rival, “The Witch of the West”. He’s still pretty dubious in this one, but less overtly, um, wicked. Sam Raimi directs, so we should be in for a visual treat, and the trailer certainly hints at the expected rip-roaring rollercoastery stuff. It’s a Disney film, which will rein in Raimi’s habit of grossing out the the audience, though I’m sure he’ll have plenty of opportunities to “punish” his cast. Continue reading

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

As usual lately, there’s no time to go into too much detail, but Rupert Wyatt’s glossy sci-fi yarn is technically spotless, well-acted by all (including Andy Serkis in the virtual monkey suit, James Franco as the sympathetic human, and a near-unrecogniseable Tom Felton playing another sadistic bully.  Continue reading