Considering that The Wizard of Oz was one of the movies I loved as a child, I was a little enthusiastic to watch Oz The Great and Powerful. However, I thought that they may ruin it. But that was not the case. Oz The Great and Powerful was an enjoyable movie, that can be watched by kids and adults.
The movie tells the story of the great Wizard of Oz, who appeared only at the end of the first movie. Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a.k.a Oz, is a talented Kansas magician who works in a traveling circus. But one day, a tornado hits the circus and takes Oz to another world, to a realm also called Oz. There he meets Theodora (Mila Kunis) who falls for him and tells him about the land’s prophecy.
The world of Oz was well built, with good visual effects and detailed scenery. It wasn’t as good as Middle Earth in The Hobbit, but it was good enough to look at and enjoy. But I have to say that the 3D effect was better than all recent movies, so I really appreciated that part, that increased the fun of watching the movie in theaters.
Now when you watch a movie similar to this one, you don’t really pay attention to the performance. But not saying anything about James Franco’s performance would be a little unfair. The dude was as charming as always, and brought us another role that we’ll love him in. Everyone loves Franco, right? Mila Kunis did a good job as well, better than expected honestly. And of course she was as hot as always. However, I didn’t really like Michelle Williams performance, specially while playing Glinda. She was such a goody-two-shoes, but she had that look in her eyes that made her look extremely stupid and naïve.
Even though we can’t say that Oz the Great and Powerful was innovative as The Wizard of Oz, but it was enjoyable and entertaining nonetheless. And it gets to its best near the ending of the movie. So, the movie can be enjoyed by many people, especially children. And I would recommend you to watch in cinemas, because the great 3D gives the movie more value and makes it better to watch.
Rating: 7.0/10 IMDb rating: 6.9/10