Last night I previewed Oz the Great and Powerful. It is a movie I have waited to see for months! Oz the Great and Powerful was everything and more than I could have imagined…in a word, it is INCREDIBLE. The theatrics, the acting, the special effects all wowed me from the first scene until the very last. I have always loved The Wizard of Oz, from the original novel to the extraordinary movie to its sister stories like Broadway’s Wicked. Oz the Great and Powerful was adventurous, entertaining, uplifting and visually spectacular. I will admit that I was a bit wary, knowing that it is rare for a movie’s hype to meet the expectation, but OZ proved me wrong, I can’t wait to see it again.
James Franco gave a show stopping performance, and his three leading ladies (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz) were equally compelling. Zach Braff was hilarious, his delivery spot on-he didn’t miss a beat. Every scene, every line, every costume, was amazing. I sat on the edge of my seat, and felt like I had been to OZ myself by the time the show closed.
Everyone wanted to know if it was like the original Wizard of Oz and I would say, ” no”, but it was not supposed to be. It is a completely different story, a prequel if you will. Of course there are familiar themes, characters, and references. I will also note that although rated, PG, some of the ending scenes may scare young children. (The witches scared me! and remember the movie is 3-D so the action is right in front of your nose!) OZ the Great and Powerful tells of how an ordinary man named Oscar became an extraordinary wizard named OZ. As Glinda tells him, “I do not see Greatness in you, but Goodness“.
A beautiful story, a sensory adventure and definitely the best movie I have seen in YEARS!
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (in Digital 3D)
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Release Date: March 8, 2013
Running Time: 127 min
Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer: Joe Roth
Executive Producers: Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen, Philip Steuer
Screen Story by: Mitchell Kapner
Screenplay by: Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire
Oz the Great and Powerful is in theatres now, check local listings.
I was not compensated for this post. I did receive complimentary tickets to attend the preview.