Oz: The Great and Powerful

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Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: David Lindsay-Abaire andMitchell Kapner. Based on The Oz series by
L. Frank Baum
Featuring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs and Joey King

oz_the_great_and_powerful_wicked_witchOz is in fact a children’s movie, that I was unaware of until I was sitting bored brainless in the theatre.

It was an okay movie with a fantastical world of colour and mystery. But essentially no surprises or twists at all. The happily-ever-after ending was inevitable and the actions of the characters predictable.

Just watch Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. It’s pretty much the same story but a more mature version closer to the roots of the original fable.

Obvious similarities between the two fantastical tales include:

A fantasy land
Oz
Wonderland
Dark queen versus a white queen fighting for the throne of a land
Theodora/Evanora versus Glinda
The Red Queen versus the White Queen

White Queen not able to harm any living creature
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Dark Queen banished from the land
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A talking animal and mentor
Finley
Cheshire Cat

Dude with a hat
Oscar Oz
Hatter

Small squeaky character:
China Girl
Dormouse

The process of the Wizard getting to the land of Oz was quite impressive.

The process of the Wizard getting to the land of Oz was quite impressive.

The beginning is in shot as 4:3 (square) and black and white, then becomes 16:9 (wide screen) and colourful as soon as the Wizard reaches Oz, which was a creative change. Pretty cool.

I’m never sure how to rate children’s movies, but considering that this film led me to believe that it was entertaining for all ages eventuated as disappointing. For a mystical and fantastical land it required little imagination, especially with the characters being very stereotypical.

Rachel-Mila-ozThe acting was nothing special. I enjoyed Rachel Weisz‘ performance, but I always like how she portrays characters. I was looking forward to Mila Kunis‘ performance but it was sort of average, so was Michelle Williams‘.

Children under 11 years old will probably enjoy it. Otherwise you’ll just be paying for an afternoon nap in the cinema.

Jodie’s rating: 4/10

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About Jodie (NZ Film Freak)

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. I enjoy writing on my blog about films and songs, plus the odd random thought. Currently working as a writer in UK. Follow me on Twitter @NZFilmFreak and like my Facebook page NZ Film Freak. Follow my travels around the world www.jodiehart.co.nz
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3 Responses to Oz: The Great and Powerful

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  2. Songanmashoo says:

    Yeah I agree, I thought this movie was a huge offence to The Wizard of Oz. James Franco is just slutting after all the witches and Mila Kunis’ character was a bit stink. Yep, thats a pretty expensive nap to take! haha

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