I was so excited to see that Disney was making a story to go along with The Wizard of Oz. I have always loved that movie but of course wondered the story of how the wizard got there, what the background story of Oz was and the witches. I must say, like usual Disney did not disappoint me.
This is the first 3D movie I have seen since the new 3D craze has started. The 3D movies I think of are the ones from when I was younger. Those awful cardboard glasses, the blue and red film and rectangles that always leaves you looking over and under them. Plus graphics that never quite seemed good.
OMG! How things have changed. The graphics in Oz are amazing. There were times I actually ducked without thinking about it, and if you watch the trailer (above) and see that snow, I would have sworn it was falling on the people in front of me. Plus the glasses have improved leaps and bounds!
So what about the movie. The premise is that this man, Oscar but goes by OZ (James Franco) is in a traveling show, almost like a circus, and he is the magician. He is a bit of a cad, and not a great magician to boot. Right away he is discovered by a member of the circus, and when he is chased, he escapes in his balloon, only to face a new threat: the tornado. Hey, is Kansas after all.
As he lands in OZ, not knowing where he is, he sees all the colorful, brilliant sights around him. As he crashes down, he soon meets his first resident of OZ, and discovers the prophecy. He is destined to save OZ from the wicked witch, because he is the Great and Powerful OZ. He knows his magic is all tricks and that he is no wizard. Plus, anything this dangerous is more than he bargained for. But the witch Theradora, played by the beautiful Mila Kunis, wins him over and the talk of gold quickly gets a yes from him.
AS Oz travels to the Emerald City, he learns more and meets some of the residents. Once in the city, he meets Theradora’s sister, Evanora (Rachel Weisz), the keeper of the OZ throne until the wizard comes to reclaim it. She sends him to dark forest to “take care of” Glinda (Michelle Williams). As OZ leaves for his adventure, things go from bad to worse for the small time magician.
I loved how so many questions from the original Wizard of OZ were answered and then some. I sat entranced through the entire movie. I can not remember the last time I enjoyed a movie and was so absorbed in it. Even my 3-year-old sat staring at the movie and didn’t get antsy at all. All of the kids, ages 16, 15, 9 and 3 all give it a definite 2 thumbs up, and can not wait to see it again.
I would love to hear what you think about it when you see it.