The story follows Oscar Diggs (Franco), a magician from
It is his encounter with Glinda (Williams), The Good Witch that propels Oscar to discover that he may be capable of fulfilling the prophecy of saving Oz from the Wicked Witch. Williams is indeed perfect casting for the role of Glinda, as her presence is a bit wound up with everything that most of us would consider good in a person. For every good witch there has to be a bad one. Evanora (Weisz) has a bit of duality to her. She comes across wicked at times, but her true intentions are not revealed at the beginning of the picture.
As the movie moves forward, we learn more about Evanora and her conflicted younger sister Theodora (Kunis). Kunis exudes naivety to her character that is not quite sure who to trust in Oz. The audience would suspect her older, wiser sister would lead her on the right path, as would her chance encounters with Oscar who Theodora appears smitten by. Be careful though, when upset Theodora does indeed allow her inner rage to take over.
As a spectator the fascinating aspect of “Oz the Great and Powerful” is its ability to really immerse the audience to a place where one could only imagine. The 3D element is a must-see for the picture as it only heightens the visual effects, the vibrant colors and aesthetics inside of the world of Oz. It’s debatable whether this is a picture for all ages, while its rated PG there are some moments that I would say would frighten little children.
The evil flying monkeys whose fangs pop out at the screen will scare children, as well as the Wicked Witch who makes it her goal to create havoc. It reminded me a bit of “A Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey, I just recall my 3 year-old nephew seeing the first 10 minutes of that picture and being terrified. I would say children 6 and older would appreciate the film a lot more.
The characters the audience meet in Oz are one of a kind, including Finly (voice of Zach Braff), the flying monkey who befriends Oscar and becomes his BFF. There is also the
The picture is indeed a costly project for Disney with a budget of more than $200 million. It was directed by Raimi who tackled the first three installments in the “Spiderman” franchise. The movie was shot in
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