The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favorite films – along with Gone with the Wind, of course. Having seen this film countless times since I was a child, I know every scene, character and song. It is one of the few great films that remain timeless classics because of the unique story telling and limited technology. Now you can only imagine how I felt when I heard about Oz The Great and Powerful. The build up was extraordinary and I couldn’t wait to finally see how today’s technology portrays the epic tale of Oz’s past.
And I must say, what a beautiful film! For the first time I disregard the low rating on imdb.com and rottentomatoes because Oz The Great and Powerful is on the way to become one of the best American classics. The whole fantasy angle of the film is prominent, which makes this film one of a kind. For those who have seen The Wizard of Oz, this film will be a treat because you will watch it after and the story will fit in like 2 pieces of the same puzzle.
James Franco depicts Oz in a charming and compelling way, making us see how even the great and powerful, can be cowardly and scared. His boyish personality comes through his character and makes him lovable – even to the 3 witches. The film starts in black and white, slowly transcending into full vivid color. Personally, I loved this effect as it gave the film a vintage-y look.
As Oz arrives in the land of Oz, he immediately meets one of the witches – Theodora The Good, played by the lovely Mila Kunis. She is taken by Oz, and he continues to charm her. Theodora takes him to the Emerald City, where Oz meets her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz). This is where the story gets complicated and Oz is sent to destroy the Wicked Witch , who has been terrorizing the good people of Oz with an army of flying monkeys.
Oz sets off on this mission to kill the third witch Glinda (Michelle Williams), and what he encounters is an unexpected twist. Since this film is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, the entire story of how the Wicked Witch became Wicked and how Oz became the wizard is explained. Oz The Great and Powerful is undeniably a love story – something that I was not expecting. It was exactly like that time I watched Star Wars to realize it was all because of love.
The reason I absolutely loved this film was because of the excellent acting, well-edited screenplay and amazing animation. It is a treat to your eyes, and definitely a film that will remind you of your childhood (that is if you watched The Wizard of Oz). In any case, I highly recommend this film for a lazy Sunday because it is funny and relaxing!