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Oz the Great and Powerful Review 2013 – BBON

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Poster for Oz: The Great & Powerful 2013


    As I sit in my office with not one but two framed photos of Dorothy, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and the Wizard, anyone who knows me can attest my love for The Wizard of Oz based on the 1901 novel The Wonderful Wizard Oz by Frank Baum. So when I heard there was a prequel to the best known adaption of The Wizard of Oz in 1939, well, I just had to see ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ by Disney starring James Franco.

      My husband and I set out to see it in Brea Downtown looking like Emerald City with a sea of green dressed people including us, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. First off, I really liked the movie with its great special effects in 3D, and many creative twists on The Wizard of Oz. James Franco was a perfect choice for Oz, the wizard. His appealing smile can charm a snake out of a basket, whereas Frank Morgan who portrayed Professor Marvel/the wizard in the famous movie was a scattered grandfatherly type of character.

        This movie is a great version for the children of today and those of us who are fans of the most famous reworked copy of The Wizard of Oz. However, no one has yet to beat, in any edition or portrayal of a witch, Margaret Hamilton as Miss Almira Gluch/The Wicked Witch of the West! Yet the character Theodora played by Mila Kunis from “That’s 70’s Show” was good as a 21st century Hollywood witch: curvy, green, crooked nose, pointed chin and plunging neckline. Theodara sister’s, Evanora, Rachel Weisz, played the wicked role good and Glinda the Good Witch, Michelle Williams, was actually better than Billy Burke, who I never thought was perfect for the role. The dresses the trio wore were a great Hollywood choice that if tweaked by a top designer, could be worn down the red carpet.

          Oz the Great and Powerful wizard’s friends although funny, sassy, and charming were good but not as loveable as the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow. And maybe that’s because the songs they sang along with Dorothy throughout the movie, made it a motion picture you can never forget.

            All in all, the kids of today have their version as Disney did an outstanding job. When the film was over, I heard a mom ask her young daughter what she thought of the movie, she said, “I loved it.”
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