Oz the Great and Powerful
When I first heard that “Oz the Great and Powerful” was coming to the big screen as the prequel to author L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” I have to admit I was ecstatic. We all know that “The Wizard of Oz” from 1939, my father’s favorite movie to this day, was based on that Frank Baum’s book. Let’s be honest though, they didn’t have color until halfway through the movie, and there certainly wasn’t a 3D option like there is today.
The story line of this movie is all about Oscar Diggs a tricky wizard and small-time magician with a questionable moral code to say the least. His hot air balloon carries him out of Kansas and in to the enchanting Land of Oz. All is well in good when he meets the beautiful witch Theodora, but little does he know Evanora is… tisk, tisk, tisk the Wicked Witch of the West. Which witch is which you might ask as I’m sure Oscar was asking himself? However, each witch is unsure that Oscar is the great wizard that everyone is eagerly anticipating. He thinks he’s struck gold literally and will be richer than ever, but not so fast. Oscar is now tasked with deciphering who is good, who is bad, and who is just downright confused before time runs out. FYI Evanora is as scary as they get. My son knew she was bad news long before I figured it out. Guess, my kid is a great judge of character after all. Glinda is such a good witch that my son was quickly pulling for the wizard to figure out Evanora and become a good person.
While on this journey Oscar actually becomes a better man through his use of illusion and cleverness and even his small town wizardry tricks. When Oz puts together his band of misfits which consists of a china doll and a monkey, I have to admit I was laughing hysterically. Honestly, I was clicking my ruby red slippers saying, “There’s no place like home.” Yes, I totally wore my ruby red slippers to the movie. Don’t judge me.
In the classic “The Wizard of Oz”, there is a lot more music and songs which is what makes it a great movie for all
ages and my ruby red slippers were in the original classic as well. I have to admit, I was sad not to see the ruby red slippers. The modern prequel “Oz the Great and Powerful” in my opinion would be ok for around age 7 and up. There are a couple of scenes that little ones would not do so well with as even I, a 32 year old woman, jumped through my skin. LOL It was quite comical really.
I strongly recommend you go and see this movie ASAP. If you’re lucky I might even babysit your little one for you. I took my son out to eat after the movie, and it was a great mom and son day.
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