Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oz, the Great and Powerful


So, have you heard about this new movie, Oz, the Great and Powerful? I'd heard about it but thought I'd skip it because I've seen the The Wizard of Oz many times, and I didn't want to watch another Hollywood remake. The Wizard of Oz had been a major part of my youth. Every year I'd looked forward to the time when it would come on TV. It was an event. And today most everyone has seen the movie a gazillion times because they own the DVD. What in the world could Disney do to add to this classic film?

Oh my stars! A lot!

I was totally surprised by how much I liked this movie.The story is about the wizard, Oscar Diggs played by James Franco, who is a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. He gets caught in a tornado and lands in Oz. The special effects were fantastic. This is not a remake but a prequel that fills in the blanks of the original story.

However, be warned, this movie is not for small children. The flying monkeys and other animals are very scary.

In case you're interested, here's the movie trailer.


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8 comments:

  1. glad you enjoyed the movie, Kathi!

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    1. Dezmond,
      I really did. In fact, I was very surprised that I would.

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    2. the sequel has been greenlit already :)

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  2. Haven't been out to see it yet, but I'm very curious about it. I'll probably catch it when it's available as a DVD. I read and loved Wicked (saw the musical twice) so I'm sure I'll love this movie.

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    1. We saw the movie in 3D. On the big screen that was quite a visual delight. You might want to see it in the theater, but I understand wanting to wait for the DVD. There's nothing like the comfort of your own home.

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  3. I'm so glad it's good!! I LOVE The Wizard of Oz and I'm always up for prequels and new interpretations. And James Franco is so cute!! Can't wait to see this one. :)

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    1. I love the Wizard of Oz too. And I'm not saying this movie tops it because who can beat the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Judy Garland as Dorothy. I mean, that's classic. But this film is a great pre-story for the movie we love. And Franco is cute. :)

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  4. It's not perfect, but makes up for that on the enjoyment scale, and gets what it’s going for, all because of that. Good review Kathi.

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