Oz The Great and Powerful, Movie Review and trailer

This story is based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels. It’s the prequel to the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and is set 20 years BEFORE the story that we all know and love.

What’s the story? (according to: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/oz-the-great-and-powerful)

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL opens in the familiar black-and-white landscape of early 1900s Kansas. Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a charming magician nicknamed Oz, charms a pretty country girl with an obviously fake story about his grandma’s music box. During his show, a young girl in a wheelchair (Joey King) asks him to make her walk, but he demurs and has to stop the show in relative disgrace — until he sees the one local girl he cares about, Annie (Michelle Williams). When a fellow carnie comes after Oz for flirting with his girl, Oz escapes in a hot air balloon that flies directly into a twister and then crash lands in … somewhere that’s definitely not Kansas. Confused by his colorful surroundings, Oz meets the beautiful Theodora (Mila Kunis), a young witch who explains that he must be the prophesied Wizard of Oz sent to deliver the kingdom from the evil witch. Theodora’s older sister, the powerful Evanora (Rachel Weisz), promises Oz the throne if he kills Glinda and destroys her wand, but once he meets Glinda (Williams), it’s clear that someone’s story isn’t quite right. With an adorable monkey Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and a brave little China Girl (King) by his side, Oz must decide whether he’s just a con man magician or if he can truly be the Wizard of Oz.

Is it a good movie for kids? I personally think so. My husband and I sat in a movie theater that was 90% children, mostly 7 years old and up. There are very dark images and sometimes a little scary but I watched the kids surrounding us and they seemed non phased or afraid. Maybe it speaks to the society we live in? IDK. I WOULD bring my small children. I didn’t find it any more scary that the original Wizard of Oz.

Did we like it? I’d give it a two thumbs up for sure. I was prepared to hate it. I’d heard good and bad but I wasn’t prepared for how MUCH I’d love it. I completely got lost in the beauty and the story. I didn’t want to leave when the movie was over. I don’t usually see movies (especially in the theater) twice, but I’ll be bringing my daughter to this one.

Oh I HIGHLY recommend seeing this in IMAX or 3D! In fact, I can’t imagine NOT seeing it this way. It reminded me of the beauty of Avatar. You just have to experience it in 3D.

My favorite characters were Glinda, played by Michelle Williams. She’s PERFECT and I can’t imagine anyone else playing Glinda. I fell in LOVE with the little China Doll, voice of Joey King and Finley, the monkey, voice of Zach Braff, had me in stitches!

What struck me most is how I was transported back in time, back to a day when I was able to laugh and be amazed, freely. Back to when I was a child. I was in complete AWE, just like the other children sitting around me.

PLEASE go see this!

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6 thoughts on “Oz The Great and Powerful, Movie Review and trailer

  1. I went and saw this on Friday and loved it as well! It was really good, better than I thought it would be. I don’t think we’ll allow our kids to watch it, mainly because they are so young. I can’t wait until they are a few years older so we can enjoy movies like this together!

    • Yeah, I can see where it would be too scary for little ones. But yes, it’s SO much fun when you can see movies like this as a family 🙂 I remember taking my Goddaughter to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. It was a sing a long (the audience participated by singing all the songs). She was 3 and had nightmares afterward. Silly me didn’t even consider the flying monkeys or how scary the witch or even the wizard would be to a 3 year old. It seems like I grew up watching that movie and there wasn’t an age limit. IDK.

      Glad you liked this one as much as me! I’ve heard mixed reactions but for the life of me, I can’t figure out who WOULDN’T like this one. lol

  2. The Wizard of Oz is in my top 5 movies of all time. I have watched that movie over 500 times and love it more and more. When I heard that Oz the Great and Powerful was coming to the theater, I was so excited. I found out that James Franco was playing Oz and I knew that this movie would be great. Being a huge James Frano fan, I knew the movie would be enjoyable. I loved it and so did my son. I went opening weekend and I think that there were 20 kids in the theater. The theater was full of adults. I loved this movie and I am planning on seeing it again.

    • Yay! I’m glad you liked it too! Did you see the 3D version or the regular? Oh and The Wizard of Oz is in my top 5 too. AND my kids and nieces. They used to pretend to live in Oz when they were little. I miss those days. lol

      James Franco? Hubby and I laughed because his character was EXACTLY like my husband in his “used car salesman” a$$hole days. He even smiles exactly like him. I can’t imagine anyone BESIDES my husband who could have played the role as well as James Franko. lol

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