If you did not have a chance to view OZ, The Great and Powerful this past weekend (opening weekend) don't wait any longer! This movie is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz. You get to meet the great and mighty Oz before he was great or mighty.
Oz is actually a little bit on the smarmy side - he is not very trustworthy, has no trust in anyone, prohibiting friendships, is a verified ladies man and always looking for a quick buck. He has 2 passions - magic and the girl he is in love with but won't commit to. Even though no-one else has faith in him, even he himself, she does and believes he will eventually find the good within.
On the run from a jealous and irate husband, Oz ventures out of Kansas and into Oz via a hot air balloon and a tornado. sound familiar? Half familiar anyway.... Upon arrival he realizes he is someplace new and different....someplace VERY different.
The first friends Oz makes are a young girl, a flying monkey bell-hop and soon after a little china girl. Add in one good witch and you have a quartet with enough good karma and chemistry to rival a foursome of a girl, a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man.
His journey to go home results in a very different journey - one of finding himself while also claiming all of the things he wanted deep down but never seemed to be able to acknowledge or claim.
James Franco was perfectly cast for this role. He can somehow make even the most unlikeable character somehow charming and likable. I don't want to spoil the story so I won't delve in too deeply around the plot or the other characters.
This movie really was a treat. It may be a bit too intense for younger kids. My 10 year old was somewhat frightened but she loved it none the less!
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Disclosure: I was provided with preview tickets to the film. I was not required to write a positive review.