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March 18, 2013

One thing I forgot to mention until now was that Oscar and his relationships with the women in the film reminded me more of an American John Constantine (no, I have not seen Keanu Reeves play the role) than the Oscar Diggs I know from Baum. Of course, Constantine has actual magical powers, but he rarely uses them, and generally in unobtrusive ways that don’t even look like magic.

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Since I’m not one to leave well enough alone, I’m following up my review of Oz the Great and Powerful with this list of geeky issues and bits of trivia.

  • Why would Theodora immediately tell Oscar, “You’re in Oz”? Granted, he came from outside the country, but she doesn’t know that yet. If I ran into someone near where I live, I wouldn’t just say, “You’re in New Jersey”; I’d name the town they were close to or something.
  • The big pile of gold in which the Wizard does a Scrooge McDuck isn’t all that impressive when you consider that gold is the most common metal in Oz. Well, at least that’s what it says in The Patchwork Girl of Oz; Baum and his successors weren’t always consistent on this point.
  • No one ever gave Theodora a gift or asked her to dance? Why not, and how is this…

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