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Oz The Great And Powerful – Movie Review and Bonus Clips!

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Oz The Great and Powerful came home on Blu-Ray and DVD June 11th. I had a chance to watch the movie the night before the release date and I’m happy to share some thoughts with you about this visual stunner.

Film Synopsis:

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well.

Review of Oz The Great And Powerful

First, if you haven’t watched the movie yet prepare for some spoilers.  If you have….well, you can choose to agree or disagree with some of my thoughts in the comments (I’d love to hear what you think!).

My first impression of the movie was one of hope. The opening scene where Oscar Diggs (Franco) is shown as the wily magician wooing all the girls with his fantastical tricks and suave demeanor lent itself to deliver a promising story and intriguing dialogue. It started to go downhill from there. Diggs is a magician/con man, and to be honest, it was hard for me to like the character throughout the entire movie….even when he was supposed to be helping the people of OZ.

The scenes where Diggs was blown away and landed in OZ started to give me hope again. The brilliant scenery and the wonderful imagery of those first few moments in OZ were quite breathtaking, but once the dialogue resumed I found everything to be lackluster. Theodora (Kunis), was in my opinion, a whiny witch and got on my nerves. Even her transformation to the wicked witch of the west was really just– uninspiring (although the behind the scenes footage is fun to watch).

Oz balloon Oz Emerald City

The one character that did shine, in my opinion, was Evanora (Weisz). Kunis isn’t 100% convincing as the wicked witch but Weiz is strong enough to carry them both through. I never did understand the whole point of the wizard being there though. I mean sure, it was prophesied, but Glinda (Williams) seemed to have enough magical power of her own to sufficiently deal with her sisters, why the need for a magician pretending to be a wizard?  The story line just never really held for me, which is perhaps why I didn’t find the characters themselves believable enough….or maybe it was that the characters weren’t believable so the story didn’t hold for me?  Either way, something was off throughout this movie that just didn’t make it realistic.

Oz witches

Final Thoughts on Oz The Great And Powerful

So by now you are probably thinking I am giving this movie a horrible review and did not enjoy it one bit. Actually, that is not quite true. Even though I thought the acting felt mediocre and just not believable or not developed enough at times, Oz the Great and Powerful does still make for a good time while even managing to maintain plenty of ties to the original movie. The visuals are as expected– dazzling and vibrant.  Despite many plot holes that persisted, the sweetness and charm of the overall story still prevails, and the ending satisfies. It certainly is a mixed bag, but Oz the Great and Powerful is still colorful, imaginative and constructed well enough to justify doing a prequel to a legendary pioneer of film so many years later.  If I had to give it a rating, I would say 3 of 5 stars.  Not spectacular, but not utterly horrible either.

Want more Oz?  Check out these bonus clips!

Bonus Clip: Wicked Witch Time Lapse

Bonus Clip: Designing China Girl

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 So tell us…..

If you have seen the movie, what are your thoughts?  If you haven’t, do you plan on watching it?

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20 Responses to Oz The Great And Powerful – Movie Review and Bonus Clips!

  1. Caitie June 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    My husband is a Wizard of Oz nut and I enjoy too can’t wait to see this new version!!!

  2. Shawna June 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    We haven’t seen it yet. My son just saw the original Wizard of Oz last month and has been mesmerized by it ever since. I’d like to see the special effects in this one, but my son is the one who will probably enjoy it the most.

    • Jesica H. June 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Wow, can’t believe you didn’t watch the original until now, lol. It was a staple in our house when we were kids….every year when it aired on TV. 🙂
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      • Shawna June 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

        Oh, I’ve seen it plenty of times! LOL! Way more than I can count. It was my son’s first time watching it. We’ve watched it a few times since he’s been born, but he had no interest in it until this last time.

  3. Dina June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    can’t wait to see this!

  4. amber whitehead June 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    I haven’t seen it yet and really wanted to when it hit theaters.
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  5. Ann June 18, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    I haven’t seen it yet but would love to watch it with my family

  6. teh doll June 18, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Yes we have seen it and we love it! This is a must have for the family collection. I do have to admit though I think I like the original better. But that was my all time favorite movie as a kid.

  7. Sherrie Cruson June 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Haven’t seen the film but I love the old Wizard of Oz and would love to find out what my granddaughter thinks of this film 🙂


  8. Christine W June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I have not yet but I am excited to bc I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan

  9. megan d. June 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Haven’t had the chance to see it but really looking forward to it!

  10. Amanda H June 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I haven’t seen it yet but I loved the original!
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  11. Terra Heck June 19, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but am excited to watch it soon. Thanks.

  12. June S. June 19, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    We have not seen this movie yet, but are wanting to see it real bad. I heard it was very good.

  13. carolyn sprague June 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I have always loved the wizard of oz ever since I have been little its my all time favorite movie and when I heard they were redoing it I was soo happy would love to win this

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  15. Naomi June 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I haven’t seen it yet as the kids weren’t too thrill about it. I would love to see it for all the special effects.
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  16. Donna June 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    haven’t seen it yet.

  17. Julie June 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    loved it!

  18. sarah oswald June 21, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I love everything wizard of oz and I wanted to see this badly. thanks for the chance to win.

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