Wow! The 3D is fantastic and the whole film is very enjoyable and uplifting to watch.
I know that there has been quite a lot of feminist criticism about the portrayal of women here. I never really bought into the idea of “The Wizard of Oz” being about Dorothy – just look at that title – so I have few expectations on that level.
This is a prequel. James Franco plays Oz and off he goes to Oz. In lovely homage to the original movie, it starts in black and white and then changes to colour.
The monkey with wings and the moving china doll are gorgeous, as are most of the human and imaginary characters here.
Sam Raimi (“Spider-man” trilogy) directs and it all moves along crisply, despite a whopping 130-minute length.
Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz all look very beautiful. Yes, there are script moments that jar a little, but this is all about the look of the whole. It’s a Disney film and it’s a real visual treat.
The Stratford East Picturehouse audience thoroughly enjoyed it and came out of it smiling happily. As will you.
Plot? Oz is a fairground magician who wants to be a great man. There are good and bad magical people. Witches may be good as well as bad. There is a battle and it’s just really original and affecting, in a warm Disney way.
Go see it.