Monday, March 11, 2013

Movie Review - Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG)

In the movie Oz: The Great and Powerful, we learn the story of how the Wizard of Oz came to be (Note: the movie has nothing to do with Wicked). Disney tackled a prequel for one of the most famous movies ever, and they did fantastic. The first 20 minutes of the movie was in black and white, which was a nice touch. Oz explains everything you were wondering. Why did the munchkins fall for a fake wizard? What was the story behind the witch that died under Dorothy's house at the very beginning of The Wizard of Oz? Why is the Wicked Witch of the West so sensitive to water (Actually, we never do learn that)? Although the movie is very predictable, it's still entertaining for kids and adults alike. But, it could have been a lot better. While it's still worth seeing in theaters, Oz: The Great and Powerful falls a bit short of the Disney standard. The humor in the movie had everyone in the theater chuckling more than laughing (kind of like reading a joke online and not actually laughing but thinking in your head that it was really funny). I enjoyed the movie for what it was. A simple prequel to The Wizard of Oz that had amazing visuals.

Note to parents: Disney stepped a bit over the line with the jump-scares and frightening images with this movie. Might be too intense for kids under 10.


Oz: The Great and Powerful on Rotten Tomatoes
Oz: The Great and Powerful on IMDB
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