Oz the Great and Powerful: Is The Movie Worth All The Hype?

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Recently my family and I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful at the theater. If you are considering going to see this film, I offer my review to help you decide whether or not it is worth the price of admission.

Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful is based on the works of L. Frank Baum, the author of the original Wizard of Oz Collection, which includes 15 books. It tells the story of Oscar (James Franco), a two-bit traveling carnival sideshow “magician” who is suddenly whisked away to the Land of Oz. There he finds that they have awaited his arrival as a wise and powerful wizard to defeat the Wicked Witch and reclaim the throne in the Emerald City. After discovering that reclaiming the throne will earn him “more gold than he could imagine,” he decides to become the “wizard” that the people of Oz are looking for, but finds the task of destroying the Wicked Witch is much tougher than he thought.

This movie features not only Franco as Oz but also Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz as the Wicked Witch sisters Theodora and Evanora, Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and Zach Braff as Finley the Flying Monkey. It is directed by acclaimed director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead).

The story line is great and the visual and special effects were magnificent! The colors are so vivid they will take your breath away! Most of the acting is good, however, I felt that Franco’s performance was weak {though my daughter adamantly disagrees with me on this point}. I think they could have picked someone better to play Oz. Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams deliver great perfromances as Theodora and Glinda respectively, and Rachel Weisz is very believable as Evanora.

All in all, money spent on this film is money well spent. I think that your entire family will enjoy Oz the Great and Powerful. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, then go see Oz the Great and Powerful at a theater near you!

About Jay Crawford

Jay is a die hard sports fan {football and college basketball being his favorites}. His favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers and Tarheels and, of course, his alma mater, the Appalachian Mountaineers. He spends his free time listening to music, especially KISS, Def Leppard, the Eagles and a lot of the newer country music, and watching comic book and action movies. The more special effects - the better.


  1. Love OZ! This movie was so stunning!

  2. This really was an amazing movie. I had the privilege of attending the world premiere in Los Angeles and interviewing the cast. It’s was incredible. I highly recommend the movie, as well!
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  3. I went to see a preview of this movie in Atlanta. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but went because my daughter has been a fan of the books for years. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. I have been recommending it to all my friends.

  4. Oh I want to see that movie so badly! We have had a chance to go yet, but I am dying to go see it!
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  5. Loved loved loved the movie – but I feel like Evanora was not fully developed as a character, Rachel Weisz was amazing, it’s just that I would have liked to see more. Other than that it’s definitely one that I plan on getting on DVD the second it comes out – the Flying Monkey and the China Girl were totally my favorite characters!!!
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    • Dawn McAlexander

      Evanora was my favorite witch overall. I think Rachel Weisz is an amazing actor…but, like you, I wish there was more. I didn’t really “get” what her provocation was. Maybe if they do sequels she will be more fully developed.

  6. I haven’t seen this film yet but the review sounds like it wonderful.
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  7. Jenna Wood says:

    I wish we could have seen it without the 3d, and I think it was about 20 minutes too long…..but overall, a good film.

  8. oh i really want to see this!!
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  9. I can’t wait to see this! It looks incredibly good!

  10. Thanks for the review. I always love reading the opinion of people before I see a movie. Sounds like this one will be on my to-see list!
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  11. Jenn @comebackmomma says:

    I would like to see this movie. I like hearing reviews from regular folks.

  12. The review sounds awesome! I would really like to see this!!
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  13. I cant wait to see the movie with my family!
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  14. I couldn’t agree with you more. I mean there were parts that were a bit slow for me, but the visual effects were amazing, and definitely worth seeing in the theater!
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