Oz the Great and Powerful

“You’re capable of more than you know…”

imagesOz the Great and Powerful is an adaptation of  L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, which is set before the events of “The Wizard Of Oz”. That being said I haven’t read any of the books so this review is purely on Oz the Great and Powerful as a film.

A small time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is hurled away from Kansas to the Land of OZ where he meets the 3 witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz), who are doubtful of the fact that he’s the great wizard everyone’s been waiting for. Oscar with the help of Finley (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King) is now faced with the task of finding out who is evil and who is good before it’s too late.

I went to see this film with my 2 little cousins and we all enjoyed it; it’s definitely a family film. The CGI is beautiful! Again as I said at the start of this review I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how or if the film differs from it, but as a film it was very enjoyable, there were some laughs as well as sad bits, also something to note is there are a few scenes which made the little ones jump.

James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz were all good, Zach Braff delivered most of the comedy in the film, but the person (or should I say voice) that stole the show for me personally was Joey King who voices the China Girl, her performance was very memorable and cute.

Overall it’s a fun and enjoyable film to watch for the whole family

Oz the Great and Powerful is in cinemas now.

Rating 5/10

By Fiaz Ali

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