New spin on an old classic

 

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

4 stars

 

SCOT MISSLING

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We are definitely not in Kansas anymore, folks.

Director Sam Raimi takes us on a whole new adventure to the merry old Land of Oz, and it is quite the ride.

Wonderfully scored by Danny Elfman, Oz the Great and Powerful shows how Oz became a great and powerful wizard and why the Wicked Witch of the West is such a bad egg.

This prequel to the beloved 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, is filled with adventure, laughs and fun.

Oz the Great and Powerful will please both new and old Oz fans alike with its creativity in producing a new storyline and the reverence with which it treats the classic film.

One of my favorite aspects of this movie was the way in which it made clever nods to The Wizard of Oz with character dialogue or harkening back to the original movie with famous lines. One of my favorite instances is the scene where one of the witches orders her flying monkeys—baboons in Oz the Great and Powerful—on the attack with the infamous line, “FLY!”

Of course in this film you won’t find Dorothy, ruby slippers, Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion. But those iconic figures are scarcely missed, as they are cleverly hinted at within the film.

As a kid who grew up with The Wizard of Oz and considers it one of the greatest films ever, Oz the Great and Powerful is a worthy prequel even though it has some large shoulders to stand on.

I would highly recommend anyone who hasn’t already seen the film to take a trip to somewhere over the rainbow and enjoy this quality film.

Or else the Wicked Witch will get you, my pretties.

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