Monday, 18 March 2013

Oz: The Great and Powerful Review!

Sam Raimi, director of popular films like the Evil Dead and the Spiderman series is back with another hit. Oz: The Great and Powerful is different than Raimi’s usual films, but hints of his older work shine through in this new adventure. The Wizard of Oz, 1939, is a classic and captured hearts and imaginations of all ages around the world. To create a prequel to such a huge film must have been nerve wracking, but in my opinion I thought it was brilliant. Raimi created the film in such a way that it pays homage to the original but does not try to rival it in any way. In fact, there are only a few times where there are references to the original, the main one being that the story begins to unfold in the prairies in Kansas itself!

The story follows a small-time circuc magician turned con-man, Oscar Diggs, on his unexpected journey to Oz. When he first arrives he believes he has hit the jackpot as the people believe he is king who is entitled to great riches. However, the story turns when he is sucked in to the country's problems and Oscar has to decide whether to be the man he has always been and leave, or change his ways and become a good man.
James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz star in this 2013 release and I believe they picked the right actors for the characters. Franco plays Oscar and gets it down to a T. From his cheeky smile to his showmanship, Franco makes you really believe it. Now I can’t really talk much about the three witches as it may spoil the film for you, but after watching you will agree they picked the right women for each role, as their energy and sometimes even their looks helps portray each of their characters traits.
Wicked, the musical that also tells the story of the time before Dorothy arrives in Oz, was a huge success worldwide and this just shows that the story still interests today’s audience.
Now, I’m 18 and I went to see this film with my 16 year old sister and my 48 year old dad, and this just shows that this film is not just aimed at a younger audience, despite the storyline and the presence of magic and amazement throughout, which are sometimes portrayed as things a child might prefer. There is only moderate violence and no strong language so the film is definitely suitable for younger children, but there are some slightly “scary” parts as my sister did jump at one point, though this may just be because she’s a bit of a wimp.
One of the best things about the film was the creativity and the amazing scenery throughout, and although I didn’t see the film in 3D (boooo!), I didn’t feel as though I’d really missed out! The crew did such a good job when creating this film you really do feel as though you are in Oz yourself, from the buildings, to the animals, to the magnificent colours. The animation is so lifelike and it really added to the quality of the film and the experience.

Overall I would say this film is a must watch for lovers of adventure and animation, who are also fans of The Wizard of Oz story; it's definitely a 2013 hit!


  1. Im glad you liked the film, I've heard mixed reviews but I'm defo going to see it now!
    Thank you!!
    I saw your post on the Company feed.
    Would love to follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know with a comment and I always follow back!
    You have a great blog and I love your style of writing!
    Love G xx

  2. I haven't watched this film yet, but I definitely would like to!
    Great post :)

    Inês xo


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