One by one the re-telling of classic fairy-tales seem to be hitting cinemas. The latest, The Wizard of Oz…..although you might consider this a prequel to The Wizard of Oz since the focus really is on the wizard. Sam Raimi aka director of the original Spiderman trilogy gives us his spin on the fairytale and includes some elements of classic horror story telling….not that this film is a horror story. Haha!
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced.
This movie combines many traits of the original story with the focus being on the wizard or not so wizard in Oz. James Franco does well in the lead role but for me the stand out performance has to come from Mila Kunis who is involved in a bit of a plot twist.
Now this twist happens early on in the movie instead of at the end like most movies and it serves well. With this slight change of tone and plot midway it does freshen things up for the audience and leaves you excited with anticipation.
The 3D affects are amazing, there was a scene where this river fairy spits out water and I actually covered my face in the cinema much to my embarrassment. Director Sam Raimi has gone with incredible visuals to capture the audience in this film and it doesn’t take too dark a tone so it’s good for kids to watch as well.
Some of the costume designs appear very classic instead of hot leather pants or sex appeal, I think we have a genuine re-told fairy tale story.
I honestly hope there will be a sequel because the end of the film leaves so much more than can be told and not in a bad “Prometheus” way.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Definately worth the watch but remember, this is a re-imagining of the story so the only thing that is the Yellow Brick Road.
By Elliott Danker
Oz The Great and Powerful opens in cinemas 7 Mar
Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore
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