|Oscar (James Franco) carries the China Girl and Finley,|
a kind flying monkey. (Disney)
MOVIE REVIEWBelieve it or not, the Disney Company has had a long fascination with The Wizard of Oz. It is said that MGM would not have made the iconic 1939 movie if Walt’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasn’t a hit. Although considered one of the best American-made movies of all time, MGM’s WOZ was a flop when it first arrived. Still, no other movie company dared to remake the film and audiences would probably rebel if they did.
|Rachel Weisz plays Evanor|
Oz the Great and Powerful plays homage to the MGM great without being too close to the original. It too starts in black & white, Glinda the good witch still travels by bubble and the yellow brick road is still intact. Over all, “Oz” is a good movie, not a great movie, but a good movie.
|Michelle Williams plays Glinda|
I really wanted to love this movie and thought that I might. The opening credits paired with the music of Danny Elfman are almost worth the price of admission alone. The story begins with Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small time circus magician/con man whose greatest desire is to be “great and powerful.” Thanks to a runaway balloon and a tornado, he just might be given that chance.
|Mila Kunis plays Theodora|
|Who plays the Wicked Witch?|
|Zach Braff voices Finley|
|Joey King voices the China Girl|
At just over two hours, Oz may be too long and scary for young ones, but older children will enjoy it. At the very least, you’ll have a lot to talk about with your kids after the viewing.