Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Disney brings audiences back to the land of Oz with Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weiss.

Fans of The Wizard of Oz would be happy to see how director Sam Raimi (of Spider-Man trilogy fame) brings Oz to 2010's glory-- the world is mischievous and colorful and it is very loyal to what many people saw in 1939 classic. I appreciated the scale and scope in which Oz (the land) is brought to life.

While this is supposed to be a prequel to Dorothy's adventures, it merely drops hints and is not really burdened by continuity. Purists will argue the subtle changes (like how the Wicked Witch of the West looks like, for instance) and lack of music, but I think general audiences will be more curious about the Oz canon afterwards.

At the heart of Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid personal growth/change story of a circus illusionist to the ruler of a vast magical land. And this, even without the visual spectacle, makes this film worth watching.

Rating: 3.5/5