Saturday, July 6, 2013

Movie Review: Oz The Great & Powerful

Product Details 
Actors: James Franco, Michelle Williams
Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English Dubbed: French, Spanish Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Blurb: Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great And Powerful, from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams), who aren’t convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even some wizardry — Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well.

Review: This film is pre-Wizard of Oz but it pays homage to a lot of things from the original film from 1939.

Disney did a wonderful job bringing the Wizard's story to life in a modern way...although fans of Wicked may not like the telling of how the Wicked Witch of the West became wicked.

Here are my likes and dislikes from the movie


Loved Mila Kunis as Theodora. It was hard at first to deal with her in this film because she still felt like Jackie from That 70s Show, but as the story unfolded, her bitchiness made her a really great Wicked Witch.

Oscar Diggs aka The Wizard: I really loved James Franco, even though he reminded me of Matt Lebanc. I liked how his character grew from conman to a man with a real heart. If you watch closely you'll see that there was goodness within him from the beginning.

The opening scenes in Kansas. I loved how they were done in black in white, just as the opening scenes were in the 39 movie.

Danny Elfman's film score...Ahhh total bliss. I knew he was doing the music the minute I heard the opening notes.

Finley the flying monkey and the China Girl: both animated characters really shined through. Finley was played by Zac Braff of Scrubs fame, and he was absolutely adorable.


I love computer generated animation for the most part, but at times, this film seemed too much. It almost the color scenes often did hurt my eyes.

I wasn't keen on the romantic ties between Oscar and Glinda...Why must everything have to be about love?  blech!

Definitely a good movie for fans of The Wizard Of Oz. The acting is great overall and so is the story. Sure the animation makes the movie seem childlike, but it is more animation for adults.

I don't usually sit well through 2 hour movies, but this one was worth it.

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