Spoilers ahead for THE EVIL DEAD (1981) and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013)
So I finally got around to seeing Sam Raimi’s (via the Disney Studios) 2013 opus “Oz The Great and Powerful” last night. I was prepared to hate this creation and had literally postponed my viewing for over a month so that the majority of my ticket price would go to the exhibitor and not the studio (yes I DO think about these kinds of things). In fact the only reason I finally DID go see “Oz” was because I re-watched “The Evil Dead” (1981) over the weekend in anticipation of seeing the remake. And somehow the lingering positive effects made me crave a viewing of Raimi’s latest. But then a strange thing happened. I liked “Oz The Great And Powerful” – I liked it a lot.
I don’t think this opinion was by accident, by chance, because I’m a sucker for 3D (upon hearing my affection for this film a close friend who knew I also enjoyed the recent “Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Hobbit” suggested I was a sucker) or because I had recently eaten a couple of Bob’s Donuts at the Farmer’s Market. It was absolutely because I had watched Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” (1981), and my viewing of “Oz” was accordingly informed by that film. “The Evil Dead” shed light on some hidden and some not-so-hidden themes within “Oz”. And yes this means that Sam Raimi is obsessed with similarly “fucked-up” ideas that permeate both a micro-budget cult film AND a macro-budget studio-backed franchise branded blockbuster. Continue reading