Sunday, August 15, 2010
Tin Man (mini-series)
Since I read the Wizard of Oz recently I found this mini-series from 2007 that tied in with it. It is a alternate retelling of that book mixed with a few elements from the movie. DG is a waitress living on a farm with her parents when she is whisked away one night during a tornado. She winds up in the O.Z. (Outer Zone) where she meets Glich, a man with half a brain (Scarecrow), Raw, a lion-like telepath (Lion), and Cain, who was imprisoned in a literal tin man, and is now looking for the man who put him there (Tin Man). Together they work their way around the O.Z. with DG trying to find her way home and finding a lot more about herself than she knew existed.
This was a darker, more cynical re-imagining. The characters are heavily flawed and can be downright scary at times. Zooey Deschanel plays GD and I like her in general. She has this deadpan way of speaking and she is so pretty. Alan Cumming plays Glich in a wonderful performance. The only one that seemed a little over the top was Kathleen Robinson who plays Azkadellia, the evil sorceress. Or maybe that was just her costumes because some of them bothered me.
But it was good movie, if a little uneven, especially in the visuals department. Sometimes they had beautiful effects and the other times the special effects were meh. The story was very cool and I like the whole idea of it. If you are a Wizard fan or a fan of sci-fi, I would check it out.