Review: “Oz the Great and Powerful”

By Anthony Gilbert

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By Anthony Gilbert | Staff Writer

March 12, 2013

Director Sam Raimi (The Spider-Man Trilogy) and Disney’s released their newest film “Oz the Great and Powerful” on Friday, March 8. The newest “Wizard of Oz” film tells the story of a magician that arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide whether he will be a good man or a great one by saving the land of Oz from witches.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. Opening less than a week ago, the film has already made 80 million dollars in its opening weekend, which is the highest debut so far in 2013.

A small time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco)  is carried away from Kansas to the wonderful land of Oz. First he thinks he has hit the jackpot full of fame and fortune, but all of that changes when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunia), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who don’t believe he is the great wizard everyone has been anticipating. When Oscar is torn between what witch to follow and trust, he must decide who is good and who is bad before it is to late.

During the film, there were moments that felt as if the movie dragged on too long and began to repeat. There were various stories that could have been left out and still made the film great, but not as boring.

The film was a pleasant surprise that I thought was better to the similar animated “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Tim Burton. In “Oz the Great and Powerful”, the actors were showed their emotion which allowed the audience to capture how they felt. The 3D effects in “Oz the Great and Powerful” was well worth the ticket as characters were popping out of the screen more often than in the 3D version of “Alice in Wonderland”.

So, if you want a good fantasy movie then the visually stunning “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a must see.

“Oz the Great and Powerful” is rated PG for sequence of action and scary images, and brief mild language. Its running time is 130 minutes.

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