“Oz The Great And Powerful”

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Friday night, the last day of May 2013, with urging from friend Ted at the very last moment, we went to the Byrd to see “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Now of course any movie at the Byrd is better just by being there and only being $1.99 makes it even better.

The first 30 minutes or so of the film which were in black and white were fantastic and if we had left then, it would have been enough. It may have been filmed for 3D, hard to say. James Franco plays the wizard as conman and the three witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams were alternately creepy and good. The cast of supporting characters were great, especially the china doll girl. But I was hoping for a story more true to Baum’s original, and was disappointed in that it could have been much better.

There was lots to like, wonderful panoramic scenes of OZ and the Emerald City, but I kept thinking that I would like to go back and see the darker version of Oz from the 1985 film, “Return to Oz” which starred Fairuza Balk.

Although a Disney film, it is not for the very young, these flying monkeys are pretty scary, but the preteens and fans of fantasy will enjoy this journey into the fantasy world based on Frank L. Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” series.

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One Response to ““Oz The Great And Powerful””

  1. Not sure which was scarier, the flying monkees or James Franco playing the lead in a family film!

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