It is finally March 8, 2013!
Oz The Great and Powerful in theaters TODAY!!!!
I have been waiting for this day. Finally you can see Oz The Great and Powerful in theaters!! Yay!! Everyone is going to LOVE it. I know I fell in love with it…I mean, I might be a little biased since I did see the World Premiere and all, but everyone I know that saw the advanced screenings said it was outstanding.
When I first heard of the movie, I thought it was a remake…and that saddened me. But it is far from that. It is a prequel and helps to make you understand where Oz actually came from and how he came to be. No worries that they have remade a classic and changed it too much, this is the story before the original Wizard of Oz.
I don’t know that I can really say I have a “favorite” character because there are many that I just fell in love with. I love Finley (pictures at the top) played by Zach Braff. The facial expressions were just…wow. I love China Girl (pictured below) played by Joey King because she is so cute, sassy and just adorable. Joey is the exact same way in real life. I just loved chatting with her! Besides those characters, there is a special place in my heart for Theodora, played by Mila Kunis. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve always loved Mila or because her character is someone that many of us can relate to.
Oscar Deeds (nicknamed Oz) is a magician with the circus and quite the, well, scumbag. He is a trickster, player and really just selfish. After hitting on the wrong woman while in Kansas, he has to flee the town quickly and hops in his trusty hot air balloon. Unfortunately, there is a tornado that sweeps him away, taking him to Oz. He isn’t sure where he has landed, but quickly meets up with the young, sweet and innocent Theodora, who quickly falls for his charming ways (how many of us have done that). She takes him back to meet her sister, Evanora because she is sure he is Oz The Great and Powerful and can save them from the wicked witch. Evanora then sends Oz to get rid of Glinda, who she says is the wicked witch. During his journey he saves Finley who stays with him to help him through his battles and he saves China Girl.
Oz learns a lot about himself and has to quickly grow up, realizing the world doesn’t revolve around him and his wants. There are people he has the ability to help, so he has to put his own wants and fears to the side and help these people.
This movie is amazingly beautiful. I love the sets and how…pretty…everything is. What amazes me is nearly everything was tangible. It was all there. They weren’t on a green screen pretending..they were standing in Chinatown, they were standing in Emerald City…..they were even in a the Poppy Field. I think that makes it so.much.better.
You NEED to see this in 3D. There are some movies that we have seen in 3D and I wonder why we paid the extra, but this is not that movie. There are parts that make you feel like you are actually there. My absolute favorite 3D part is in the hot air balloon when he hits the water. If there was water splashing on my face I would think I was there with Oz. It is exactly what a 3D movie should be.
So many of my friends are worried to take their kids because they think it will be too scary. So many were scared of the flying monkeys when they were kids. I can tell you this, I’m taking my kids and would have taken them at any age. My kids don’t spook easily though. The only parts that might be scary for a small child is a few parts when things kinda pop out at you. It is a 3D movie, so you have to expect that, right? The movie is PG. It isn’t violent, I don’t believe it’s overly scary. I’m allowing all my kids to see it, but that is entirely up to you to make that decision. Each child is different and handles things differently.
I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
Disclosure: I was provided an all-expenses paid trip to see the world premiere of Oz The Great and Powerful to share my thoughts and experiences. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.