Oz the Great and Powerful – Movie Review #disneyoz

As I watched Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D, I tried to think of one line that would sum up the entire movie. Here’s what I came up with:

“A fantastic dream that continues the legacy of the classic.”

My oh-so-loving husband was quick to point out the fact that this movie was a prequel to the original, however I said continues because in the timeline of the real world it precedes the original. At least that was my thinking. Regardless, when I really think about it, there isn’t one line that could sum up the entire movie, there really aren’t a few sentences either, but I’ll try to keep my review concise enough for you to {hopefully} not be bored.

Oz the Great and Powerful

First off, when I hear 3D I have a stigma only because I’ve heard so many films using 3D unnecessarily or just not doing a good job of it. Let me tell you, loud and clear, I would not want to watch Oz the Great and Powerful in anything other than 3D in the movie theater. This effect enhanced what would have been a spectacular movie and brought it to the “incredible” level.

With the addition of 3D I felt like I was transported inside the movie, which in turn made the emotions I was feeling as the plot was laid out even more intense. During Oz the Great and Powerful, my emotions from sad to happy and everything in between were touched on.

It’s hard for me to pinpoint a part of this movie that was my favorite because I really enjoyed the movie in it’s entirety,  but if I had to choose I would say at the end, when Oz and his “army” have their confrontation, {can you sense that I’m trying to help you picture it without giving too much away???!?} almost everything about that scene grabbed my attention. Sort of vague I know, but hopefully that makes you want to watch it for yourself.

China Girl Oz the Great and Powerful

For me, I enjoyed most of the actors, and normally love Mila Kunis in the movies she is featured, but this time it just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get past her accent and really felt like she was acting, and I don’t feel that way while watching movies often. Maybe it’s just me. I really enjoyed all the other characters and think the casting director chose very wisely.

One cool casting fact:

“James Franco, who plays Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), had to learn magic tricks in order to accurately portray his small-time, circus magician character. He came to set two weeks early so he could work with Las Vegas magician Lance Burton. Working every day, Franco learned tricks involving doves and fire as well as how to pull objects out of hats and how to make things levitate.”

Congratulations to James Franco on receiving his Hollywood Walk of Fame star yesterday!!

James Franco Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

In my opinion I don’t think this movie is a family-friendly movie, especially if you have small children. There were a few “scary” parts in the movie including the witch’s minions who reminded me of huge, rabid gorillas, the witches themselves {excluding Glinda of course}, some scenes that involve people being hurt, and my children would have even been afraid of the tornado. We are very selective in what our 2 and 5 year old watch and they are also children who are sensitive to villains and “bad things” happening in movies.

I tried to think about what age range my girls would have to be for me to show them this movie, and I thought 10-12 years old, depending on their maturity would be the lowest age. In that same respect I checked one of my favorite family movie rating sites, Common Sense Media to see what their take on this movie was and they recommended age 10 as well. For their review click HERE.

Common Sense Media Oz the Great and Powerful Review

On the other hand, I think this is a great movie, especially for date nights, and mom’s nights out. To be honest, I’m not the type of person who normally sees a movie more than one time in the theater, however, this time, I enjoyed the movie so much that I can’t wait to see it again, it was just.that.good.

I didn’t realize that there were books based on The Wizard of Oz, however after seeing how the movie ended and knowing where the original picks up, I can definitely see a sequel or two following this amazing movie, and I welcome it, but again, not until I watch it a few more times, buy the DVD/Blu-Ray and watch it again.

Find out more about the movie by heading over to the official website: http://www.disney.com/thewizard

Are you going to see Oz the Great and Powerful?? Let me know what you think of it in the comments here! Tell me your favorite part, what age you would let your children see it at, or who your favorite character/actor is.



I received complimentary tickets in order to view this movie. This is an honest review of the movie and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Any quoted text is from the movie or press releases and were my choice to add to this post.

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  • Visually exciting, but it stops just about there. I was expecting much more of a story line, this seemed a tad corny, but that’s probably because it was mostly for the kiddies really. Good review.

    • Hey Dan, thanks for stopping by and your input. Full disclosure: I really enjoyed the movie, but I’m also mommy-fied and am totally immersed in kid stuff, like the music I listen to and what we watch, but I think that’s a good thing. I’ll have to see if my husband relates to your thoughts, he may.

  • I seriously LOVED this film, too, but I’m a huge Oz fan. I totally agree on the age of viewers and was shocked when kids as young as 5 were going in with me. I know mine would have been crying during the parts you mentioned.

  • I really enjoyed the film and thought James Franco did wonderfully. The whole cast was great. I want to read the books too. Amazingly, some people are mad that it didn’t match “WICKED”. They think that book tells the way that the witches became… but that it so silly! LOL! They need to pick up the books by L. Frank Baum, not Gregory Macguire.

  • My husband and I went to watch this last week, and so glad we did without the kids! Really liked the movie (but had also thought Mila Kunis was overacting and poorly cast), but too intense for our 6 year old and sensitive 9 year old.

  • Also, there are 14 books in the original series by L. Frank Baum! Probably hard to track down but I have them from when I was a kid, and read them to my kids – fantastic!

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