Disclaimer: I received this movie for free, but as you can see, it didn’t impact my sentiments.
Oz the Great and Powerful hits stores on June 11th.
Here’s a synopsis of the movie:
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well.
I was excited about this movie. I absolutely love the original Wizard of Oz. I thought at first this was a modern day remake of the film. I could not have been more wrong. While the movie does semi follow the original (there’s a tornado, end up in Oz, witches… you know the story line), it’s not about Dorthy’s adventure to OZ, it’s about a magician’s adventure to become Oz.
My husband and I sat down last week to watch this movie. Having 2 kids, it’s rare that we both have an evening when we can spend together time – it’s a treat. Unfortunately, we were both unable to keep our eyes open for half an hour – and it’s not because we were tired. This movie was capital “B” with an “oring”. It lacked excitement, it lacked acting, it lacked everything that the original Wizard of Oz is. We stuck it out as long as we could, hoping things would pick up, but it got to a point where we just couldn’t waste our valuable time.
Perhaps I had too much riding on the movie? Perhaps I was so set on the brilliance of the the original, I didn’t truly give this version a fair shot? Either way, with a movie title with the word OZ in it, I believe it should have been brilliant, it should have blown me away, it should have captured me from the first black and white scene to the amazing colour scene. It did not, it was drab, it was boring, this is one I would suggest skipping, especially if your time to watch movies is few and far between.
But, if you want to make the decision for yourself, you can win a copy. There are also some Oz printables with Activities below (just click the picture and it will download for you).
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