Dave and I had a chance to see given tickets to an advance screening of Oz The Great and Powerful this week. It will be in theaters on Friday, March 8th and I loved it so much I recommend it as a must see.
After the movie I immediately tweeted my excitement:
Just got back from seeing an advance screening of Oz The Great & Powerful. It was one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen!
— 2Wired2Tired (@2Wired2Tired) March 6, 2013
The first thing that stood out to me about Oz is that it is a true 3D movie. Many times when we go to see a 3D movie the first 5 minutes or so will be 3D and maybe the last as well. In between I might catch that a few blades of grass that appear to have extra depth but I’m never very impressed. In fact, the last time we saw a 3D movie we decided we wouldn’t spend the extra money on another one again.
Oz The Great and Powerful has completely changed my mind.
We saw the movie in RealD Digital 3D and it drew us right into the story. There were moments when we tumbled inside a tornado, we road down a waterfall, we floated inside a bubble, had spears thrown at our heads, gold coins tumbled out at us, and much, much more.
The 3D effects were amazing throughout the entire movie. It had the same feel as Mickey’s Philharmagic in Disney World where things were constantly coming out of the screen at us and I loved every minute of it!
I highly recommend seeing this movie in 3D, but if you opt for 2D or see it later on Blu-ray or DVD I don’t believe you will be disappointed. The creativity put into this film is incredible and I believe it will shine through no matter which way you watch it. The Land of Oz and the Emerald City landscapes are imaginative and impressive. They are big and bold and bright. The flowers, the forest, the waterfalls, the castle, the poppy fields, and even the yellow brick road are magical and stunning.
The story line is intriguing as well. I won’t give anything away but will say that this is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz. It tells the story of how Oscar Diggs, a small time circus magician with questionable morals, is hurtled away from Kansas in a tornado to the land of Oz where he is mistaken for the great wizard everyone has been waiting for.
He meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda who are not quite as convinced as everyone else that he is their long awaited wizard. Motivated by a room overflowing with gold he decides to embark on the crusade to help the people of Oz but first he must figure out who is good and who is evil. This becomes quite an adventure that includes wicked witches, flying baboons, crystal balls, twists, turns, and a fantastic ending.
I’ve been asked often since seeing the movie if I think it is appropriate for children. Honestly, I can’t answer that because it depends on the child. Some may be frightened by the 3D effects while others wouldn’t blink. The Disney Movie Trailers YouTube Channel has has together a playlist of trailers here which may help you make the decision about taking your children to see it.
I highly recommend Oz The Great and Powerful to anyone who is a Wizard of Oz fan or who enjoys imaginative movie making and 3D films. This is one movie I can’t wait to purchase as soon as it comes out on Blu-ray and it will be one we’ll watch again and again.
I’;d love to see this but 3D makes me queasy LOL
Jenna D says
after reading this review I cannot wait to see this!
Scarlet Paolicchi says
Nice review! I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of it too, but I was surprised by the lackluster ratings. I definitely had a similar experience & totally recommend it! :)
I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. ;)
Heather Hayes Panjon says
I Can’t Wait To See It! Looks And Sounds Like A Great Movie :)
Saw it yesterday, was very enjoyable.
Austin Baroudi says
I’m so pumped to see this! My girlfriend and I are going to see it tomorrow night! Thanks for the review!
I’m glad you posted this review. I’ve been wondering if it was a movie worth going to in the theaters. It sounds like it is.
Grace Hodgin says
I had no idea this was 3D I bet it is spectacular. Love the scenery.
I’m so excited to see this. I wish I could have seen it earlier.
I’m headed out later this weekend to see this. I was totally bummed I missed out on the review opp to see it before it was released. Darn kids lol!
Tammy S says
Thanks for the review. I can’t wait to see this movie. I also think it’s great that Disney has a bunch of trailers you can watch before you go.
I can’t wait to see this movie!
I am looking forward to seeing this movie. Thanks for a great review :)
Kelsey Apley says
This movie looks so good!! I live in Kansas and I loved the first Wizard of Oz, so it will be nice to see the spin and difference in this movie!
I agree, the 3D effects in this movie are amazing! Definitely worth paying a little extra.
Mai Bateson says
Wow.. the movie looks amazing in 3D effects, I can’t wait to watch that too!
Betty Baez says
Oh I cannot wait to see it!
Jennifer Marie says
I think I will love this. The pics you posted look great!
I’m really excited to see this movie. It sounds great!