Monday, 18 March 2013

200th Review!! Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful

Release Date: 7th March 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Roth Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 130 minutes

Budget: $215,000,000

Box Office Gross: $493,311,825

Plot Summary
A small-time circus magician
with dubious ethics is hurled
to an enchanting land, where
he encounters three witches,
as well as the opportunity
to transform himself into a
great wizard - and an even
greater man.

James Franco - Oscar "Oz"
Mila Kunis - Theodara
Rachel Weisz - Evanora
Michelle Williams - Glinda/
Zach Braff - Finley (Voice)/Frank
Joey King - China Girl (Voice)
Bill Cobbs - Master Tinker
Tony Cox - Knuck

Director - Sam Raimi
Based on The OZ Series -
L. Frank Baum
Screen Story/Screenplay -
Mitchell Kapner
Screenplay - David Lindsay-
Producer - Joe Roth
Production Designer - Robert Stromberg
Costume Designer - Gary Jones
Cinematography - Peter Deming
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Pavan Kumar Potluri &
Scott Stokdyk
Film Editor - Bob Murawski
Music - Danny Elfman

Some week ago, I thought about doing a review for the 1939 classic of THE WIZARD OF OZ that I grew up with an ageless classic effectively enthralling every generation of a critic or a filmgoer, but I didn't have time and instead watched the prequel called OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. While it isn't marvellous as the old film because there were no songs included, it still has unique fantasy and scenery. Few of the scenes of the prequel are ghastly frighting, one thing I need to mention are the visuals that were extraordinary, the acting performance by James Franco whose character The Wizard that he's portraying is somewhat different than the one played by Frank Morgan and the direction Sam Raimi whose directional skills are very good indeed. The film's usage of 3D is handled very well and often when you see yourself in an imaginative land like OZ, you feel as though you have been immersed into to this magical, exotic land.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is much better than I had expected, it's entirely a great prequel and the OZ fans should go and feel free to watch it and you too if you have the brain, the heart or the courage to know what is good for you.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


  1. Can't wait to watch this, but I probably need to watch the original Wizard of Oz first.


    1. Good thinking, I just about to watch that significant and same classic.

  2. Solid review. Oz really isn’t that great and powerful but it’s actually a damn good movie that actually succeeds over Alice in Wonderland in both terms of quality, quantity, and subtlety.

    1. You're right, it is better than Tim Burton's Alice and I didn't really go see it because I didn't want to. I instead only watched the other movies of 2010 like the second TRON film.