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Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterRATING: PG
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Sam Raimi
Mitchell Kapner (screenplay) and David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), L. Frank Baum (novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”)

WHO’S IN IT: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff

THE STORY: Oscar Diggs (James Franco), nicknamed Oz, is a small-time circus magician with no ethics. Like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,”  he gets caught up in a storm in Kansas and ends up in Oz. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot but the three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams) aren’t completely convinced he is the wizard everyone has been waiting for. While he is reluctant to help them out, Oz first needs to find out who is good and who is evil. Using the illusion of a magician, Oscar turns into the wonderful Wizard of Oz and into a better man.

I love how the movie started out in black and white in Kansas and then bright and colorful once he arrives in Oz. It was a good movie but I don’t think it was the epic event that everyone was claiming it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good movie and I think everyone should go to see it — young and old alike. The witches were great but I think that China Girl (Joey King) and Finely (Zach Braff) were my favorites. One reminder though, it is rated PG and could be scary to a small child. One of the adult women I went with had been freaked out by the flying monkeys in “The Wizard of Oz” when she was little. The same was true in this case. The flying monkeys were flying baboons and they were pretty creepy.


  • I liked it. My grandson loved it! — Rosemary Hudecz Marr, Alma
  • It’s amazing! It had everything: action, romance and comedy! Loved it! — Megan Mahoney, Kalamazoo

(On the Big Screen is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current and is compiled by staff writers. It is designed to spotlight movies being shown in local theaters.)


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