I thought that I should begin my Oz the Great and Powerful review with some disclaimers:
- I love the original Wizard of Oz!
- I was super excited for a week straight when I found out I was going to an early viewing to see “Oz The Great and Powerful”, no lie.
- I’m not sure how appropriate this movie is for kids. I’m not a parent, but some of the things said were kind of grown-uppish and those dang monkeys are way scarier than before!
- While I’m going to do my best to not talk about any spoilers, this is the warning, just in case you feel as though there is a spoiler in the mix, but I don’t think there is.
Like I said, I am definitely apart of the group that LOVES Wizard of Oz. I grew up watching it and I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen it over the years.
As soon as I found out that a ‘new’ Oz movie was being made I freaked out and then promptly forgot about it because I didn’t want to watch any trailers before seeing the movie. I did, however, make sure that it wasn’t going to be a remake. And that it is not, thankfully.
But before we get to that, I feel I need to mention how great it was to see the Monsters University trailer on the big screen! Oh and we also saw the Iron Man 3 trailer.
Oscar “Oz” Diggs is a magician in a small circus. He’s an egotistical ladies man who tries to impress pretty much any girl he meets. While part of me wanted to not like him, that just couldn’t happen.
Oz gets swept away from the circus he’s traveling with and makes it to the bright and beautiful Land of Oz where he meets an Oz local and he gets filled in on what the current status of Oz is.
After making his journey to Oz (have you lost count as to how many times I’ve said Oz yet?), he meets all three witches and we find out all three have very different personalities and all get along with Oz in very different ways – keep in mind, he’s being himself when it comes to how he talks to them.
After his trip through the Dark Forest, Oz realizes he has to work his magic…literally. And while you think Oz’s trickery can only get him so far, he truly is great and powerful.
There were some twist and turns that I honestly didn’t see coming. But getting introduced to some likable and even some unlikable (in a good way) characters makes for a great movie. When we meet the people of Oz I felt like I was back in my childhood home watching Wizard of Oz.
All in all, I loved this movie. I chuckled and laughed throughout the movie, one liners always tend to get me.
I loved that we get to see the beginning of Oz, the man and Oz, the land. There was even some little added tie-ins to Wizard of Oz –a lion shows up and scarecrows…does that mean I missed a tin man? Guess I need to see it again to be sure!
Oh and yes, there are a TON of computer-animated backgrounds, but that’s part of what kept me glued to the movie and feeling like I was actually in Land of Oz.
The 3D elements in this were great. Nothing overwhelming. Certain bits and pieces were perfect for 3D! This is the first movie in a while where I thought the 3D actually worked overall.
The cast was very well put together and I feel like everything worked amazingly. I will be seeing “Oz The Great and Powerful” again in theaters and it will be added into my “to watch over-and-over again” movie rotation as soon as it’s released on DVD.
Total number of times the “O” word was used: 22
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