“Okay… this is worse!”
It’s been a couple of weeks now since I saw Disney’s latest attempt to create a successful blockbuster franchise to replace the Pirates of the Caribbean’s slowly dimming light. I had enjoyed the trailers seen for The Lone Ranger but went in expecting to see another John Carter (which isn’t entirely bad in my opinion as my only real issue with it was the extremely tiring length)… I was pleasantly surprised however and was treated to a really solid and kooky Disney romp!
“I don’t want to be a good man… I want o be a great one”
As hard I try, I cannot for the life of me remember there being a black Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz! So what happened to them? There are so many ethnicities (in true Disney fashion) among the Munchkins of Oz in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful it begs the question of what happened to them by time Dorothy got there 20-odd years later? Anyway! Onwards with the review. Disney and Sam Raimi tred on sacred yellow-bricked ground when rebooting/preceding the hugely successful and cult film from 1939 and where it may stumble in some pot-holes in the road it comes out a success on the whole. James Franco seems a strange choice for a Disney film that would usually aim to keep a squeaky clean image for its audience, I don’t think kids would want to go through his back catalogue and slip Interior. Leather Bar. into their DVD player, he does however, offer a very unique take on the character of Oz.
“For thirty-years I’ve been wrecking stuff”
What do you get if you take Pixar’s Toy Story series multiply it by the gaming industry and then sprinkle it with a little extra Disney-ness? Well, surprise surprise you get Wreck-It Ralph. Peppered with American cult-known actors and actresses and shoving endless gaming cameos and references down our throats throughout its course the film starts strongly but slowly and surely goes downhill and ends in a lifeless and limp dead-end of a conclusion by time Ralph finally gets what he craves.