Oz the Great and Powerful

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Director: Sam Raimi Director
Actor: James Franco Oscar Diggs
Mila Kunis Theodora
Michelle Williams Glinda
Rachel Weisz Evanora
Zach Braff Frank/Finley
Joey King China Girl
Folks, forget the negative critic reviews. This is a far better, more delightful film than has been portrayed to this point. It is entertaining, lovable, and worthy of the Oz series.
I read a lot, though not all, of the Oz stories when I was in sixth grade. I remember that the Chicago Heights Public Library had a shelf of them.
When I was about three, perhaps, my mother took me to see the film (The Wizard of Oz With Judy Garland, easily the most beloved film in the American Canon) in the theatre when I was about three. She had a fond memory of me sitting on her lap for the film.
Now, the marvelous Sam Raimi takes us back to Oz and lets us see the origin of the Wizard and how he came to Oz. The film Oz the Great and Powerful is not only great fun, but it is beautiful–beautiful, imaginative sets, flowers, colors, mystical creatures. The film also is quite poignant. When Oscar is performing his magic act, a girl in a wheel chair comes forward to ask him to assist her. Franco is clearly distraught at his impotence. Then, his first act in Oz is glue the legs back on the little girl. We sense his delight at being able to help.
The movie is highly recommended. Perhaps a bit intense at times for little ones, but adults can always put them on their laps.

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