“Oz the Great and Powerful” is another retelling of the “Wizard of Oz” storyline. The movie was directed by Sam Raimi and has an all-star cast such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams. The major differences that set “Oz the Great and Powerful” from the previous “Oz”-related movies was that it was fully in 3D and told the prequel story of Oscar (James Franco), who would eventually become Oz or the Wizard of Oz. I thought this was a very interesting take on a classic story because it was from a totally different perspective.
The visuals were very stunning and they really took you to a whole different world in the movie. Some parts were clearly computer animations, but the environments were very immersing and impressive. They looked even better in 3D, which was properly utilized for the film. I also loved the use of colors to enhance the feel of the movie. For instance, they used black and white in the earlier scenes of the movie and vibrant colors in Oz and Emerald City to create a visible contrast. Overall, the movie was visually stunning and great to see.
The music by Danny Elfman was also well done and added a lot to the mood of the movie. The characters were also perfectly casted and did a great job. The only major gripe I had with the movie was the pacing. It was very well written, but the pacing felt a bit too slow at times. Other than that, I thought this was a good movie that would perfectly fit in with “Wizard of Oz” and ‘Wicked” and it was the perfect movie for any “Oz” fans. For those reasons, I chose to give “Oz the Great and Powerful” a “B.”