Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Review


Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a small-time circus magician and playboy, who then gets himself stuck in a hurricane and is transported into the land of Oz. There he encounters 2 witches, Teodora (Mila Kunis) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz) who tell him that in order to be king and have all the gold, he will first need to kill the evil witch, Glinda (Michelle Williams). He then embarks on his journey with Finley/Monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) without really knowing how or what he is going to do. His magic isn’t real after all.

The twist that came quite early on was quite predictable, however I had gotten the names mixed up so was confused for awhile (but that’s my fault).

The beginning of the film is in black and white and that was a good effect. From there it transitioned to full color when he is in Oz, so that contrasted the lands and complimented the film.

And they also overlap characters from his past ‘black and white’ life and the life he leads in Oz. Well two that I know of, Annie who is also the witch Glinda and the girl in the wheelchair who also voices the China Girl (Joey King). At first when I saw a direction sign in the movie that said “China Town” I was getting psyched up to write how stereotypical or racist that was, but then I realized its ‘China’ as in the plates China. And the China girl is called China because she’s made of porcelain. When I got that (after a few seconds) I laughed, and forgave the movie makers. (But I saw a comment a youtuber posted that said they loved the little Chinese girl. -.- SHE’S NOT CHINESE)

Anyways back to the film. It was overall a really entertaining film and the color and effects were really well done. The story-line was kind of average, nothing unpredictable.  Also, though the special effects most of the time were amazing, some parts did look fake.

I give this a 7/10.

Have you watched Oz the Great and Powerful? Rate it out of 5 stars above or leave a comment below!

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