“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.”
I attended a media advance screening of the film, which was viewed in 3D. This movie has a yellow brick road, but is unlike other versions of Oz. It had an amazing set, incredible cinematography, wonderful costumes, and superb music, by Danny Elfmann. The movie, as a whole, was great, but in many ways, very different than your typical Disney film. It had me laughing, surprised and enlightened some of the twists and turns that I did not foresee, and at times, truly startled.
This was probably the first Disney movie that I’ve seen on the big-screen that did not have me in tears because of heart-felt pull-strings. This is not a bad thing, just different. Although this film is rated PG, in my opinion, it’s definitely not for the younger kids. It’s much more sinister than other Disney films. It’s not for the faint at heart. As stated above, certain scenes literally had me jumping out of my seat.
In my opinion, the suggested minimum age for viewing this film in the theatre, in 3D, would be age 10-12. If you choose to take a child younger than that, just beware that there are some very dark scenes, and intense moments, which are accentuated by the 3D. With that being said, as well as the length of the film (127 minutes), I think tweens on up are a good fit for viewing film.
World of Oz Featurette
Oz Inspired Party Ideas
I know many people have been super excited about the release of this film. For those of you planning a party to view the film with friends, this write up, by BRIT + CO., has some cute ideas that you could easily do when planning an OZ party: 15 DIY Ideas for the Ultimate Oz Party. I could see these ideas used as fun tween girl activities for an Oz inspired sleep over.
Oz Inspired Activities for the Littles
For those of you with younger kids that want get into the spirit of Oz, there are some links below to PDF’s with fun activities. You’ll need a PDF viewer to download the sheets. Here’s a LINK to one, in case you need it. (Oz the Great and Powerful activities provided by Disney.)
• Oz the Great and Powerful Finley Mask
• Oz the Great and Powerful Maze
• Oz the Great and Powerful Memory Cards
• Oz the Great and Powerful Spot the Differences Game
P.S. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters on March 8, 2013.