Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. The movie explores how the wizard came to be the king of Oz. The Great and Powerful Oz, also known as Oscar Diggs, is a traveling circus magician and a con man. Trying to escape a girl’s “strong man” boyfriend in a hot air balloon, he ends up being pulled into a twister and thrown into the Land of Oz. It’s there he meets Theodora, a good witch, who believes him to be a wizard, prophesied to overthrow the Wicked Witch, who killed the former king of Oz. Oz the Great and Powerful is a good movie, there’s a lot of fun to be had and James Franco does a nice job as Oz. He feels like a real con man, but he doesn’t feel like the terrible person in the beginning. It would have made his character’s change more drastic. The witches are probably the most interesting characters. Of course it’s easy for audiences to tell who’s bad by the colors that they wear, which I found a little disappointing. Something that I like about this movie is that they didn’t try to give the backstory of every character in the first movie. Instead, there are only the characters that the main character met in his real life (just as Dorothy’s companions are all people around her farm in Kansas.) A nice nod to the first film that I appreciated in this movie. The visuals in the movie are on par with it also being a 3D movie. You can tell that they had 3D in mind with the first scene, however, I saw it in 2D so I can’t attest to how well they implemented the 3D. All in all, if you miss the movie in theaters, I’d say that it’s a good rent option when it comes out on DVD.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.