"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Movie Review
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The Story Line of "Oz, the Great and Powerful"
"Oz, the Great and Powerful" is a movie about Oz (James Franco, "Spiderman") when he first came to the land of Oz. It happens prior to the events of "The Wizard of Oz" movie from the thirties starring Judy Garland.
The movie begins similarly to "The Wizard of Oz" in black and white. Oz is a circus performer in his own magic sideshow. He's revealed to be a womanizer, obsessed with trying to become famous and rich, and is rude to his assistant. One day he gets caught up into a tornado and ends up in the land of Oz. He meets a witch named Theodora (Mila Kunis, "Black Swan") who tells him of a prophecy that a wizard named Oz was destined to come to Oz and rule over the land. He ends up having to hunt down the wicked witch of the land of Oz and deal with the power struggle between the three witches of Oz Theodora, Evanora (Rachel Weisz, "The Mummy"), and Glinda (Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"). He has help from a winged monkey (Zach Braff, "Garden State") that has the voice of his assistant in the real world and a china doll (Joey King, "Crazy, Stupid, Love") who has the voice of a little girl from the real world who watched his show.
The story line is alright. There are some parts of it that could have been avoided. I felt that the parts where Oz is womanizing could have been toned down a little since it's a family movie. He only kisses and flirts with women, but I felt that it seemed to strongly imply that at one point he sleeps with one of the witches. They kiss at night and then the movie fades out and then shows them in the morning walking and holding hands. Only adults will really notice this.
"Oz, the Great and Powerful"
Characters of "Oz, the Great and Powerful"
Oz is a womanizer, obsessed with fame, rude to his assistant, and desperate not to end up like his father who was a farmer. I suppose he is supposed to learn that he should change. He sort of learns to appreciate his assistant more and after meeting some farmers in Oz that help him that he shouldn't be so dismissive of farmers. He doesn't exactly learn not to be a womanizer and he still becomes famous in Oz. He does unleash one of the witch's fury for being a womanizer, but she never has any payback on him and I only felt bad for her not afraid for Oz. James Franco is pretty good in the role. He's the best in the parts where he's on stage and at the end during the last battle.
She's the first witch Oz runs into and she is very naive. I liked her character as she fights with the good and evil within herself. Mila Kunis was really good in the role and I found myself feeling more sad for her than angry.
She's the witch that lives in the Emerald City and is the sister of Theodora. She's manipulative and conniving. She's played by Rachel Weizs. She may be the best actor in the movie.
I liked Michelle Williams as Glinda more than the old one from the thirties. She's definitely closer to what I imagine Glinda would look like. She's sweet, but unleashes her tough side ala Yoda going fight crazy in Star Wars Episode 2 and 3.
- The People of Oz
All of the people are fantasy-ish and bizarre in a sweet children's story kind of way.
- China Girl
The China Girl is really sweet and has attitude. At first when I saw her I was like: oh no, I'm going to get annoyed by this character because she has a high pitched voice like a chipmunk. I was wrong though and she grows on you.
He's a little flying monkey that helps Oz out. He is voiced by Zach Braff which was a good choice. His "Scrubs" role is irritating, but "Garden State" is one of the funniest movies ever and is my favorite role of Zach's. In "Oz, the Great and Powerful" he's funny too and seems like he's having a blast playing Finley and Oz's assistant in Kansas.
"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Character Posters
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The story line is alright and the characters are pretty good, but it's the special effects that takes the cake in this movie. They're simply amazing and make you feel like you really landed into the land of Oz.
"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Soundtrack
The soundtrack is done by the composer Danny Elfman. I think he may have used some of his music from "Corpse Bride" to go into this for the music box's song. He did a really good job with it.
The munchkins have only one song during the movie. They annoy Oz which is done for laughs. It isn't too annoying and doesn't last for that long and is just funny.
Mariah Carey also has a song in the movie during the credits, which kind of sounds like a modernization of "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland. The song is better than much of her other recent music and it does allow her to use her vocal range more frequently versus how much of her newer songs are written. It reminds me of her music during the 90's.
"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Rating
Who Will Enjoy This Movie?
Overall "Oz, the Great and Powerful" is an okay movie. It's alright for a little bit of entertainment, but it's not the best movie. I kind of expected more out of it, but shouldn't have since it is just a kid's movie. It has laughs, some great special effects for the scenery, and plenty of bizarre characters. I do think that Oz's womanizing doesn't exactly fit in a kid's movie, but luckily it's balanced out with three very powerful and independent women in the movie. It's rated PG for some frightening fantasy scenes. I think elementary school age kids would enjoy it, some teens and adults might like it too if they enjoy funny fantasy movies. I give it 3 and a 1/2 stars. It's not perfect, but it has some entertaining moments.