October 21, 2012

The Wiz

From my Sidney Lumet marathon, part 6 of 8.

The Wiz, 1978. A New Yorker is thrown by a blizzard/tornado into an urban fantasy world.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Joel Schumacher, from a musical by William F. Brown, based on a book by L. Frank Baum. Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell & Ted Ross.

Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 0/4 (Terrible)
Cinematography: 0/4 (Terrible). It literally hurt my eyes trying to see what was going on. The way it's lit, it's like someone is shining a light on your screen.
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good). A lot of it is great, but it comes up short on the technical side sometimes.
Acting: 1/4 (Bad)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent). Great singing, of course. Great arrangements (by Quincy Jones). Terrible songs.
Subjective Rating: 2/10 (Terrible, 0/4). Everything about this movie should have made for greatness, but it just doesn't work. It's joyless and tedious. Exhaustingly tedious.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.4/4 (Bad)

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