Oz the Great and Powerful MAG

June 28, 2013
By Ailsa GOLD, Marietta, Georgia
Ailsa GOLD, Marietta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Disney film “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a spectacular fantasy based on the beloved classic series. Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a magician for a traveling circus in Kansas. In a comedic escape, he hitches a ride on a tornado into the world of Oz, where he meets a witch. She, along with all the people of this world, is overjoyed with his arrival: they think he has come to save them. He meets good witches and bad, little girls and flying monkeys. There is love, betrayal, loyalty, and greed. His adventure though Oz is magical, but is it really all that interesting?

The special effects and costume design did blow me away. Their beauty was breathtaking at times, but as with many movies that are meant to be watched in 3D, the 2D aftershock was disappointing and cheesy. While the characters excelled in looks, they lacked personality. Oscar was written as a charming, dramatic magician, but he acted more like a five-year-old. His character was not at all likable, and when the movie ended, it didn’t leave me with any love or sympathy for him; I was almost rooting for the villains.

I could not take him seriously, and the same goes for the witches. Although I have much to say about their casting (or the whole movie’s, for that matter), their back story was interesting and really held the movie together. Compared with the witches’, Oz’s story is rather dull; I felt myself getting sleepy while watching. I think what kept my eyes open were the connections between this movie and the original series. I do recommend “Oz the Great and Powerful” to fans of the series for that reason. But if it’s a classic Disney film you want, it’s easier to look for Oz yourself.

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This article has 6 comments.

on Apr. 29 2016 at 5:59 pm
WeirdosUnite SILVER, Prairie Farm, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"Give me your hands if we be friends, and Robin shall restore amends"~Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hmmm....I loved Oz the Great and Powerful and have seen it 2 times. I must say though--you've certainly got talent!

on Apr. 10 2015 at 11:54 pm
SophieFloph PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Her stomach did a revengeful flop."

By the way, great review! I very much enjoyed seeing the movie but wasn't not wowed.

on Apr. 10 2015 at 11:53 pm
SophieFloph PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
21 articles 3 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Her stomach did a revengeful flop."

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Oz series. People keep making spin offs though AND I HATE IT. I'm not saying the spin offs aren't good, but the only thing the spin offs seem to really care about is The Wizard of Oz when the other Oz books were equally as fantastic with lots of potential! We just can't seem to move beyond the plot of Wizard of Oz!

dani said...
on Dec. 19 2014 at 11:30 am
Love it! Keep up the great work! :)

on Dec. 18 2014 at 10:29 pm
IBelongInNewYork, Pocatello, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
" Happiness is the key to life, so what is the key to happiness?"

- Me


Hi_2002 said...
on Dec. 8 2014 at 5:03 pm
I really loved this article as much as I love the film. Keep up the good work!!!


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