Today’s post has been waiting in my drafts folder for quite some time now. The movie I want to talk about is Sam Raimi’s star packed adventure Oz the Great and the Powerful.
Do you want to find out what was going on in Oz before Dorothy crash landed?
Oscar Diggs is the more or less famous magician who stars in a travelling circus. As he is quite a rascal, Oscar soon gets into trouble but he is lucky: he escapes in a hot air balloon. Well, that is until the balloon gets sucked into a tornado that drags him right to the land of Oz. That’s where problems really begin…
It was only a few months ago that I watched The Wizard of Oz so I decided to check out this 2013 movie as well.
At first I was irritated. You should know that the film starts not only in black and white but also in a rather strange format. It took me some time to realise that it’s supposed to be like that. However, after Oscar Diggs lands in Oz we get colors. All of them. Although it was a bit weird at first, it was a great way to kick off the film. I especially enjoyed how Oz added all the colors as this really emphasized how magical the place is.
Moving on to the story itself. I have to say, they came up with a very clever plotline to basically gives an explanation for everything that’s going on in The Wizard of Oz. But that’s not only part of my praise but also of the problem. They tried to throw so much into the story you get pretty much overwhelmed. So many characters, so many colors, so much stuff going on. At some points it simply is too much.
Having so much stuff going on also leads to a pretty long movie (130 minutes). It does get a bit boring and after two hours you start to be annoyed by all the colors and the whole hustle and bustle.
However, I have to shower the actors and who ever did the special effects with some praise. They really did a marvellous job!
So summing up, I have to say that despite the fact that Oz the Great and the Powerful is pretty nice movie it simply wants too much. You get overwhelmed at times by all that is going on. But if you stick with it and finish watching the film you will get some nice aspects adding to the original Wizard of Oz movie.
Have you seen the film? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!