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Oz The Great And Powerful

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013) starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz is actually a prequel set in the 1880's. Twenty years before L. Frank Baum's novel titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was magically introduced to the world in 1900, we learn the story of the events that transpired to turn Oscar Diggs into the famed Wizard of the Emerald City.

Escaping what would surely be a painful beating at the hands of yet another jealous boyfriend, a travelling magician finds himself swept up in a Kansas tornado, eventually crash landing in the magical land of Oz. Mistaken for the prophesized 'Wizard of Oz', Oscar Diggs is more than ready to assume the exalted role—that is until he realizes that there are three witches he must convince, each possessing a distinct personality and an individual agenda. Caught between what is right and what is easy, Oscar must decide whether he is prepared to fight for the people of Oz, or run and hide from the wrath of the wicked witches.

This is a family movie, providing entertainment for a PG audience. If you bear this in mind, and you're able to keep the kids seated through the first twenty minutes, this film should be labeled as another Disney success. Don't bother comparing this movie to JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (2013) even though both are magical fantasies based on fairytales and released within weeks of one another. JACK'S target audience is teen/adult where OZ'S target audience is family orientated.

I really enjoyed the scene-stealing China girl and the flying monkey. NOTE: The Winkies and Flying Baboons might scare preschool aged children with their ferocity. Directed by Sam Raimi, PG, 130 mins, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, *** 3 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin March 12, 2013
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