Luke’s Oz: The Great and Powerful Review

ozgreatandpowerful-thirdposter-fullOz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi

It has been 113 years since the first publication of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and 74 years since The Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland first came out. When I was younger, it was my most favourite movie.

It was last year that I heard about Oz: The Great and Powerful. I knew it was going to be a prequel in some way. I knew that Michelle Williams, who I know as Jen in Dawson’s Creek, was going to play Glinda the Good Witch of the South, who performed brilliantly.

I knew that two other witches, Theodora and Evanora, were going to be played by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz, who also performed well.

This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2013—along with The Host, based on the 2008 novel by Stephenie Meyer.

Basically, Oz: The Great and Powerful tells the story of how Oscar Diggs—also known as Oz—(James Franco), a small-time circus magician, is hurled away from Kansas to the Land of Oz. When he arrives in Oz, he finds it under the control of the “Wicked Witch,” but we soon learn that not all is as it seems.

This Oz movie is darker, and more intense, than the 1939 adaptation.

One of a million things I liked was that the beginning was in black and white, and then blossomed into Technicolor when Oz arrived in the Land of Oz, mirroring the same experience when Dorothy arrives at Oz.

Overall, the movie was amazing! All the characters, all the special effects, and all the settings, were wonderful! I highly recommend it to all who grew up watching the various Oz movies. And to anyone who loves fantasy!

–Luke

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