REVIEW: Oz The Great And Powerful

After singing in the choir for a school production of the Wizard of Oz, it’s safe to say I’m not a fan of the original! But when the prequel Oz the Great and Powerful, I thought I would give it a go.

It starts off very much like the original – Oz (James Franco) is settled in black and white Kansas until being swept up in a tornado and being launched into the bright colours of the land of Oz. Here he meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), a beautiful witch with an evil sister, Evenora (Rachel Weisz). Faced with a prophecy, Oz must decide whether to fulfill the prophecy by being a great man alongside his flying monkey sidekick Finley (Zach Braff) and Glinda the Good Witch (Michelle Williams), or turn his back on the enchanted land forever.

 At 2 hours and 10 minutes, it’s a long film, and seems even longer. The story drags you across Oz kicking and screaming. It’s predictable, but this could be due to how well known the original film is. As everyone knows Oz stays to become the Wizard, there’s not much story to tell. 

The best part of the film was Zach Braff. With a great cast, it’s difficult to stand out but Braff manages it. as the CGi fluff ball. With a blue bellhops costumes, he’s adorable as well as delivering the funniest lines of the film. 

This film is a feast for the eyes with beautiful scenery and a great soundtrack. Fans of the original film should enjoy this, as well as those simply in need of something pretty to look at. 

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