Mar 8, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful Review

On Wednesday evening I got to treat my friend Shane to an advanced screening of "Oz The Great and Powerful." I was excited since this was my first movie premier that I was invited to as a blogger and we were getting to see the movie in 3-D. Now many of you might be surprised to hear this, but "Oz The Great and Powerful" was my very first 3-D movie. And I think it was the perfect movie to see in 3-D for the first time.
Here is a synopsis of the movie for those of you who have not seen a preview yet.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers.
My Opinion
I really enjoyed this movie! It's not a movie I would normally see in the theater since my husband had no interest in seeing it and my kids are too young to see this movie. And if I had watched it at home, I really would have missed out. It's not surprising that the colors and special effects were amazing! The scenery was beautiful, vivid, and lifelike. There were parts of the movie where the plot dragged out, but the scenery made up for those moments.

And while I have no experience with 3-D movies prior to seeing "Oz The Great and Powerful" Shane assured me that it was done perfectly. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Oz was traveling down a river. During that scene, I felt like I was traveling down the river with Oz. I now get what all the hype is about 3-D movies, and I really think this is a movie that need to be seen in 3-D.
The reason that I took Shane with me is that she is an Wizard of Oz fanatic. She noticed things in the movie that flew right over my head since I don't know the movie backwards and forwards like Shane. It was nice hearing the things that she noticed after the movie, but I wasn't lost. I like that you could take your kids to this movie even if they have never seen The Wizard of Oz. I will say that I would not take young children to this movie my guess would be to take kids over the age of 6. Like all Disney movies, there were some scary parts that I know my oldest at 5 would have cried over.
My favorite character in the movie was Finley, a friendly flying monkey. As you can tell from my header, I like monkey since they're pretty cute. But I loved how funny Finley was and he cracked me up during the whole movie.  And even though I went to the movie knowing how it would end, it was still suspenseful and they did a great job staying true to the original.

My only complaint about the movie was the ending. Don't worry, I'm not going to give anything away, I just thought then ending was dragged out too long. Overall, I enjoyed this movie! The special effects alone are worth making a trip to the theater. And you really do need to see this movie in 3-D.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

Disclaimer-I received two tickets to an advanced screening of this movie. No further compensation was provided and all opinions are 100% mine.


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