Today I had the chance to preview the newest Disney film,
Oz the Great and Powerful thanks to my friend
The Relocated Tourist! The film takes
place before the classic 1939 film, The Wizard
of Oz, setting up most of the events we all know
and love before Dorothy and Toto entered our
lives. Spoiler Alerts Ahead (Scroll down
two pictures for the rest of the reveiw)!
The story follows Oscar, or Oz, played by Spider-Man's buddy
James Franco. Oz, a con man and circus magician wants to be
known as a great man (and not just a good one). While he knows
how to smooth talk the ladies into falling for him it ultimately
becomes his doom when the muscle man of the circus discovers Oz
has wooed his lady. Oz jumps into a hot air balloon to escape,
but ends up getting sucked into a tornado that magically
transports him to the land of Oz.
Here he meets Theodora who shares with him the prophecy of a
wizard that falls from the sky and is named Oz. She takes him to
Emerald City where we meet her sister Evanora who shares
information that the wicked witch named Glinda needs to be
killed in order to redeem peace to the land of Oz.
Oz then sets out on a journey which will help determine if he'll
be known as a con man, or a great man...
The film helps set up everything from how the Wicked Witch
becomes green, chooses to fly on a broom, and how the Oz becomes
The Great and Powerful wizard/trickster we know him as in The
Wizard of Oz! The film does a great job of setting up events
that we all know and love.
While going into the film I was very hesitant due to it being a
prequel of sorts to such a classic film. You could tell that the
film team did an amazing job of making sure they would bring
nothing but honor to the original stories by bringing in modern
storytelling to help current audiences connect on a better
The 3D and special effects found throughout the film are
unbelievable and if you don't mind watching films in 3D, I
highly recommend it! There were several instances that used the
effects and, while it didn't further the story along, it helped
make the film that much more visually stunning.
If you are on the fence about this film (much like I was going
in), I would definitely give it a chance. The film is amazing,
the acting is great, and the characters (especially the side
characters) are extremely memorable. So when March 8th comes
around, make sure you make your way to the theater to see Oz The
Great and Powerful!