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Watching "Oz the Great and Powerful"
Published on March 21, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review "Oz the Great and Powerful."

Here's an excerpt:

"Don’t be scared off by the lackluster reviews: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' is a fun, magical adventure, one that should appeal to both fans of 'The Wizard of Oz' and people who have never seen the original film. It might not be as good as the 1939 Judy Garland film, but few films are. What we have here is a decent movie that functions as both an homage to a beloved classic, and a smart new take on the rich and inventive world created by author L. Frank Baum.

Directed by Sam Raimi, 'Oz the Great and Powerful' is a prequel that tells the backstory of the wizard of Oz — of how a so-so magician named Oscar (James Franco) remade himself into the man behind the curtain. The film opens at a circus in Kansas, where the rakish Oscar performs for small crowds and seduces the local women by giving them pretty little music boxes and telling them a heart-wrenching story about how it once belonged to his grandmother. Eventually Oscar’s ruse is found out, he flees in a hot air balloon, is whisked away by a tornado and finds himself in Oz.

This Midwestern-set prologue is filmed in sumptuous black-and-white, while Oz is a rich and brightly colored landscape, filled with interesting and unusual creatures, imaginatively designed cities and familiar sights such as the yellow brick road. In Oz, Oscar meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), a good witch who believes that he is the great wizard whose arrival was foretold in prophecy. She brings Oscar back to the Emerald City to meet her sister, Evanora (Rachel Weisz), who warns him about the evil witch Glinda (Michelle Williams). Fans of 'The Wizard of Oz' will immediately wonder what is going on, because Glinda is a good witch in the earlier film."

Click here to read the whole thing.

User Comments
Steve | March 22, 2013 08:07

I couldn't read the whole article because of the spoiler alert. However, I'll say that I was turned off by the lackluster reviews, but now there are two people whose views on these matters I trust who told me that it actually is worth seeing. Will have to try it!

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