Disney Oz The Great and Powerful Movie Review

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Disney Oz The Great And Powerful

Oz, The Great and Powerful is not The Wizard of Oz. Nor is it meant to be a remake of the 1939 MGM classic. If the wizard’s words, “I’m just not the man you wanted me to be,” hold true for you, “tis a pity. Don’t look for a musical, Dorothy, or the ruby slippers since this big budget blockbuster spectacular is its prequel. This is the story of how womanizer fraud Oscar Diggs of Kansas became the man behind the curtain. Think of it for what it is–a dark original story based on the L. Frank Baum novels.

The visual transformation from a b&w small town circus to the colorful world of Oz dazzles and delights. Familiar touches like a hot air balloon, a rainbow in the horizon, a yellow brick road, bubbles, lion and scarecrow cameos, and forty (now ethnically diverse) dwarf munchkins make one feel much like the Mariah Carey song “Almost Home”. Kudos to stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, director Sami Raimi, writers Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire, costume designer Gary Jones, composer Danny Ellfman, and cinematographer Peter Deming. Special nod to makeup head Vivian Baker for the green hue and prosthetics applied to the witch scorned.

The wonders and terrors of the Land of Oz are vibrant, eye-popping vistas that a carefully crafted script uses to build the story and answer, “Which witch is witch?” Theodora, Evanora, Glinda…who is benevolent and fallible; who is sexy and naive; who is sinister sorceress?

With fantasy adventure sets coupled on screen with CGI and green screen technology that truly WOW, the arrival of antihero Oscar (Oz) Diggs fulfills a prophecy. His challenge is to destroy the wand of the wicked witch. Although hampered by self-doubt, insecurity, and vulnerability, he uses his skills of illusion, ingenuity, and wizardry to defeat evil without killing. He travels the Dark Forest, Teacup Village, and the Emerald City to fulfill his ambition not to be a good man but a great one.

As Diggs transforms himself he becomes more human thanks to the efforts of his companions comedial Findley (Zach Braff), the flying monkey, and China Doll (Joey King). Too bad editing cut the merry uptempo munchkin song short. Violent and scary plot elements (example: the bad witch’s army of flying fanged baboons) need tempering. Glad that filming’s special effects fireworks are grand and brighten the sky much the same way that Oz, The Great and Powerful does.

Producers should make more movies like this one, so how about a sequel? Released to theaters March 8, 2013 in conventional 2D as well as in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, PG Oz, The Great and Powerful is 130 minutes of movie magic.

Here is the opening sequence.

And here is an extended clip.

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