My rating: 7/10
Oz has been brought to life numerous times over the years, what with the iconic The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland and the musical adaptation The Wiz, with Diana Ross. Now however, Disney has put a fresh new spin on the prequel (first book) and are casting a spell over a new generation to which the audience is greeted with wonderful visuals and an exciting take on the classic story.
The book which is written by L Frank Baum, and first in the series, is directed by Sam Raimi and depicts the adventures of Oscar ‘Oz’ Diggs (Franco) who is a conman in the magic profession. After being swept up by a tornado he lands in the land of Oz where he is met by Theodora (Kunis) who explains that the people of Oz had been waiting for his arrival because he could defeat the evil witch who had been terrorising them.
Once charming Theodora and Evanora and convincing them that he is indeed the prophecised wizard, Oz starts on his journey, and is acquainted with Finley the flying Monkey (Zach Braff) and China girl (Joey King). When it is realised that the sisters had been tricked, they vow to seek their revenge. Oz comes into contact with Glinda the good witch and even though she knows that he isn’t everything he has made himself out to be, she still believes in him and knows that he has a good heart. It is decided by Oz that the best way to defeat the evil witches is by the power of illusion – something he knows well. To end the epic film, Oz manages to scare the witches away (who promise to get back at Oz, again) when his image is projected to the people in Emerald City armed with ‘magic’ (fireworks).
Despite hearing mixed views on the film, I very much enjoyed it after deciding to not judge until I had seen it for myself. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy films and a great epic adventure. One thing I regret however, it not having seen it in 3D. This would have definitely brought it even more to life!
As of right now, the current takings for the box office world wide has come to an estimated $358,148,352 making it the highest grossing film of 2013 so far.
If you have not seen the trailer, check it out below: