Movie Review – Oz: The Great and Powerful

WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)



IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 (47,227 votes)

Director: Sam Raimi

The poster of Oz: The Great and Powerful.

The poster of Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Talk about a good time at the cinema.

Oz: The Great & Powerful was a magical film experience. I’m not saying it was the most in-depth look at “good against evil” anyone will ever see. But it certainly had me rooting for one side.

The classic feel of the first 10 minutes of the film had me enchanted. With limited shot space due to the smaller camera, the director – Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 3 and the original Evil Dead) – managed to display a whole deal of detail in his shots which, at first, managed to go on for great lengths of time; probably to show as much as possible on screen.

Look at the colour.

Look at the colour.

I was charmed by the fantastic cinematography blessed upon the land of Oz by Peter Deming. His sense of colour, and contrast in colours, was a treat to the eye and emphasized the real beauty in the land of Oz hidden away under the evil – which brings me to my next point.

I thought the trying relationship between all 3 sisters was a beautifully executed subplot amidst the arrival of the Wizard. All witches – Weisz, Williams and Kunis – gave powerful performances. I could hardly fault them on their line delivery and on-screen compatibility.

James Franco, in terms of acting, was a little weak in the early goings of his arrival in Oz. But by the time things got tough, he improved, and his delivery got much better. Once the final act began, Franco was on top of his game. It was a slow ascension into improvement, but it was ascension.

Oz: The Great & Powerful payed great respect to its big brother – The Wizard of Oz. I was hardly surprised at some points, but it was a film not meant to be dealt with harshly. It was meant to sustain the legacy of the original film from Oz, and I think it did that to a tee. For example, using characters from the real world – Kansas – and transforming them into characters from the “fake” world – Oz – was common to both Oz films and done very well in both.

Damn Mila, you scary witch.

Damn Mila, you scary witch.

I didn’t really care that this films dialogue was a little corny. I didn’t really care that some plot points were predictable. I just thought that Oz: The Great & Powerful was a lovely story told well.

It was a very enjoyable film experience because you didn’t really have to think about much; you just had to sit back, relax, and have a good time watching a movie.

MY RATING: 7 out of 10.

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