Flying monkeys! Wicked witches! I remember being pretty unnerved by The Wizard of Oz when I was little.
The trailers I saw for Oz The Great and Powerful, prequel of sorts about how Oz the wizard came to be, looked spectacular but pretty intense, so of course I took my young children to see it. Nightmares? Nah. They were pretty startled a few times, but then – so was I. The 3-D was a little in-your-face
My little posers insisted on holding on to their 3D glasses until after I took their picture.
sometimes. Overall, the kiddles were more distressed by the concept of one of the witches killing her father than they were by anything that happened in the movie. That patricide was discussed fairly early in the movie (just discussed, not even shown!) and the kids kept asking me about it throughout the whole movie.
“Mama! WHY would a witch kill her own father?”
“If I were a wicked witch, I wouldn’t kill my daddy.”
“That monkey startled me. But I wonder why the witch would kill her father?”
I’m trying to work on my kids to not talk so much during movies, but they were very chatty during this movie. They had a lot of questions, which I think is how they dealt with the intensity. My favorite kid-interaction was after Oz landed in a pool of water, Anna leaned over to me and said, “Well I guess now we can call him Oz The Wet and Powerful!”
Overall, we really loved the movie. The story was intriguing and the costumes were GLORIOUS! I look forward to seeing it again so I can take it all in.
A day later, the kids still seem to have enjoyed the movie, as well. It prompted a lot of discussions about why the wicked witch became evil, and about using your imagination to invent things. All good stuff.
Enjoy this trailer!
Oz The Great and Powerful opens on March 8, and it gets a thumbs UP from all of us.
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 he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
Let me know what you think of the movie!
Disclosure: My family was delighted to receive complimentary tickets to review this movie. All opinions are ours, and no other compensation was received.