Almost everyone on this planet has seen and loved The Wizard of Oz and rightly so, it’s a jolly good film. But it was made back in 1939 when special effects were nowhere near as cool as they are today and 3D films were still decades away.
Disney are taking us back to Oz this month with Oz: The Great and Powerful and since the movie was released last weekend it has been filling cinemas across the world. We sent Maximum Pop! film reporter, Jon Hornbuckle to see it and give us his verdict on Oz in the 21st century.
‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ tells the story of a Wizard(James Franco) who ends up in the land of Oz after winding up in a weather storm whilst fleeing his travelling circus. Along the way we meet three battling witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) and Frank the flying monkey who provides loads of full on laugh out loud moments.
The visuals in this film are stunning. 3D hasn’t looked this good since ‘Avatar’. There’s loads of spears and fireworks shooting out of the screen and of course, James Franco looks even better in three dimensions! The tone of the film is a little dark but nothing bad enough to give anyone nightmares.
The film is a little on the long side (130 minutes) but you will hardly notice because the action and drama is so constant throughout. ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ has the fun factor by the bucketload. I’ve already seen it twice and could easily go for another ride back to Oz before it leaves cinemas.
The Round Up – Fans of ‘Wicked’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will love ‘Oz:The Great and Powerful’ but it’s still totally accessible for newcomers to the franchise. The door is left open for another installment or two before Dorothy and her ruby slippers crash land into Oz. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait too long to return to Oz (again).
Maximum Pop’s rating – 4.5 stars!