A new version of the Wizard of Oz that spent too much time being clever adapting the original and not enough being clever with the story they had.
Restless DG is blown out of her boring life by a bunch of leatherclad goons and their travelstorm. Waking up she finds herself in the O.Z. (Outer Zone) where it is difficult to tell where technology ends and magic begins.
From a feminist stand point it breaks even. The three most powerful characters in the movie are female. All the companions (good guys) and henchman (bad guys) are male until you get down to the flying bat monkeys. The antagonist is powerful sorceress Azkadillia who spends most of her time strutting around her fortress being cruel to friend and foe alike. She manages to do all this in leather corsets and heavy makeup. If I were a powerful sorceress in charge of a magical realm I would wear track-pants and ugg boots.
DG and her companions are wonderfully re-imagined. I won’t tell you how, because I genuinely don’t want to spoil this movie for anyone. Suffice to say that references to hearts and brains are included. DG doesn’t fall in love with any of her companions (*cartwheel*) and instead spends her time battling flying monkeys and controlling any laughter that might arise from the ineptness of Azkadillia’s cronies.
It was originally three television episodes shown on consecutive nights so it does run a bit long. At various points the dialogue drags and the acting falls flat. Still, there is something wonderful about the movie that makes it worth watching. For many that something would have been Zooey Deschanel, who is great as DG, even if she spends too much of the movie wide eyed and bewildered.
A strangely compelling movie that tries a little too hard. Three and a half stars.