Posted by: greercn | March 14, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful

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.



  1. I think you may have liked this a bit more than I did. I found it pretty uneven with a few great scenes mixed in with many less enjoyable ones.

    First time visitor to your blog and I enjoyed looking around. When you get a chance please stop by our humble blog and let me know what you think. We just posted our Oz review.

  2. Thank you! I’ll check yours out.

  3. Good review Greer. It’s a nice film that doesn’t go for the gut with the original classic, but at least kept me happy and smiling just about the whole time.

  4. Thank you! This film is really dividing people and I agree with you!

  5. And thank you for following me, Dan!

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