Oz, The Great and Powerful

Posted on March 9, 2013


Oz, The Great and Powerful – A prequel to The Wizard of Oz, kind of.  Oz (James Franco) is a small-time magician at a traveling carnival show about to be run out of town.  After telling a little girl, he can’t make her walk, he hops into his air balloon and leaves the black and white Kansas town, swirls around in a twister and lands in the colorful land of Oz.  He meets the beautiful witch Theodora (Mila Kunis) who believes he’s the prophesied Great Wizard, come to save the kingdom.  Next along the path is the cutest little flying monkey (Finley) you’ve ever seen – Oz helps him out of some tangled vines and fends off a lion.   Then he glues together a little china doll’s broken legs and she attaches herself to him like, um,  glue. 

Wicked Evanora (Rachel Weisz) makes sister Theodora believe Oz has the hots for her instead and tempts Theo with an apple, turning her into an evil witch also.  Oz soon meets up with Glinda, The Good Witch (Michelle Williams).  Glinda, being smart, savvy, sweet and sexy, knows he’s not the wizard, but she’s desperate and with the promise of tons of gold, convinces him to stay and fight off the baddies. 

The animated characters are excellent, all the town folks in their storybook clothes are so real.  China and Finley were especially human-like.  It was poor quality work, though,  on turning Theodora into an ugly witch.  Granted, Mila is one of the most gorgeous women around but when you can see where her ugly nose was attached???

Like the original, the message is somewhat the same….you had it in you all along.