HOME PAGE
Movie Videos
Films by Year
Films by Director
Films by Actor
Films by Actress
Films by Alphabet
Film Characters
Film Franchises

2013 MOVIES
2013 Action
2013 Adventure
2013 Animation
2013 Biography
2013 Comedy
2013 Comic Book
2013 Crime
2013 Drama
2013 Family
2013 Fantasy
2013 History
2013 Horror
2013 Musical
2013 Mystery
2013 Romance
2013 Sci-Fi
2013 Sports
2013 Thriller
2013 War
2013 Western

Writing Deadlines
Script Services
Screenplay Contest
TV Script Contest
1st Scene Contest
Short Story Contest
Essay Contest
Play Contest
Book Contest
Poetry Contest
Horror Contest
Fantasy Contest
Comic Book Contest
Classic TV Contest

Movie SCENES
Movie ACTORS
Movie ACTRESSES
Movie DIRECTORS
PICTURES
Movies GENRES
Movie TRAILERS

FREE MOVIES
Horror MOVIES
WATCH MOVIES
WATCH TV

MOVIES best of
TV best of
SEX best of
SPORTS best of
TODAY'S VIDEOS

SEX PHOTOS
ACTOR PHOTOS
ACTRESS PHOTOS
CELEBRITY PHOTOS
DIRECTOR PHOTOS
JESUS PHOTOS
MAGAZINE PHOTOS
MOVIE PHOTOS
MUSICIAN PHOTOS
POLITICIAN PHOTOS
SEXY SYMBOLS
SPORTS PHOTOS

YouTube Reviews
TV YouTube
Movie YouTube
Walking Dead
Breaking Bad
Girls
Homeland
The West Wing
Boardwalk Empire
Subscribe To This Site
XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
 

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 2013
Movie Reviews!

Search 1,000 of MOVIES
CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!
WATCH VIDEO MOVIE REVIEW:
SEE over 100 WIZARD OF OZ MOVIES PHOTOS!!
1925 poster
1939 poster
2013 poster
2014 poster
Andrew Lloyd Webber
animation
artwork
Auntie Em
background
Bad Witch
Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
black and white
book cover
cartoon
cast
castle
characters
Christmas
coloring pages
Cowardly Lion
Danielle Hope
dolls
Dorothy
Dorothy costume
Meets the Scarecrow
DVD cover
Emerald City
Evanora
Flying Monkeys
funny
Glinda the Good Witch
Good Witch
halloween costume
Hanging munchkin
house
If I Only Had a Brain
James Franco
jewelry
joke
Judy Garland
Kansas
King of the Forest
costume
logo
makeup
map
Munchkin land
nutcracker
on Broadway
on Ice
Over the Rainbow
Oz
pigtails
poppy field
rainbow
red shoes
slippers
Scarecrow
set
book
The Wizard
Tin Man
Tin Man poster
tornado
Toto
toys
Uncle Henry
vs Gone with the Wind
wallpaper
Wicked Witch of the West
Yellow Brick Road
Zooey Deschanel
SEE over 50 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL PHOTOS!!
Abigail Spencer
actresses
at Comic Con
background
banner
behind the scenes
birds
black and white
BluRay cover
Bruce Campbell
cast
characters
China Girl
cinematrography
costumes
director
dolls
Emerald City
Evanora
Evil Witch
femme fatales
flying monkey
Frank
Glinda
Green Witch
hand scratch
hot air balloon
James Franco
Joey King
landscape
logo
master tinker
May
merchandise
Michelle Williams
Mila Kunis
movie stills
munchkins
nail polish
Oz
poster
promotion poster
Rachel Weisz
Sam Raimi
set still
Theodora
vs Alice in Wonderland
wallpaper
Wicked Witch
Zach Braff

  MOVIE POSTEROZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 2013
Movie Reviews

Director: Sam Raimi

Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Review by Matthew Toffolo

SYNOPSIS:

A stage magician is hurled into a fantasy world, and must use his wits to stay ahead of three enchantresses who have plans for him.

REVIEW:

Oz: The Great and Powerful serves the audience on many different levels. Firstly, it bows to the original Wizard of Oz. It doesn't attempt to be a better version than the origial, but serves as a prequel. It is filled with similar themes and moments of humor, while not pushing the special effects envelope too far. The journey of self-discovery and mad adventure stays intact. Director Sam Raimi isn't afraid of its predecessor like many filmmakers have been in the past when reinventing classic tales. You can look at Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland as a recent example, where the heart and reason why it was a classic in the first place was torn apart in place of 21st century gadgets and imagry.

At it's heart, Oz is a capitalistic story of a man who has attempted to be great, like his hero Thomas Edison, but through it all he has become a dishonest man. There is charm and goodness in him, but these qualities have become lost in his pursuit of success. This is a common theme within the ranks of the ambitious who see others tasting success and want it. We begin our quests as good idealists, but through the pains and sorrows of the journey, we lose ourselves and become someone we're not. That's Oz (James Franco) from Kansas in 1905. He thought he was going to be a great inventor. Instead, he's a con man performing tricks at a 2nd rate circus.

The theme of Oz: The Great and Powerful is that goodness is so much better than greatness. And even if you become great in the eyes of your peers, if you fail to be good then there was no sense in your journey.

Of course this is a great theme for kids to hear, especially in these times. But it's also something good for adults to hear as well. Sometimes the right movie comes along for people, and that's what this film was for me. I felt what was Oz was feeling. The irony of the title is that he's not that great and not that powerful. He's a trickster who has served only himself for too long. There's nothing like a tornado taking you to Oz to help you find your way. And also get some color too.

Oz is also an origin story of how the Wicked Witch of the West became so wicked.

It can be argued that both this film and the original Wizard of Oz are allegories about how God doesn't really exist, but that we need certain religions and stories to give us hope and faith. The person that the land of Oz thinks is a Wizard who came from the sky to solve all of their problems is just a con man and there is no magic powers inside of his soul. But the rationalization of the good witch Glinda (Michelle Williams) and others is that the people need a good story and a person to look up to in order for them to keep going. We all need a god in our lives. But the real trick is to not get too obsessed. We need to solve our own problems but sometimes we need to feel we have that magical thing out there backing us up.

In all, I loved Oz: The Great and Powerful. And director Sam Raimi found the proper tone to please not only kids, but adults of all ages too.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Wizard of Oz museum in Kansas a few years back. It sits in the middle of a small town literally in the middle of the United States. Right in the heart of Kansas where you must drive through hundreds of miles of cornfields to get to it. I was taken by the non-commercialization of the museum and how the creators made this pure tribute to not only the movie, but the 14 book series. At the time I had no idea that there were so many stories about the land of Oz, written by John R. Neil. So I guess if this film is a success, we have 13 more sequels to come.

And bring it on. A fun romp for all to see.

ACTORSam Raimi
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORBest of WIZARD OF OZ MOVIES
Over 200 pages!
ACTORMila Kunis
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORRachel Weisz
Best of the ARTIST

ACTORJames Franco
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORMichelle Williams
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORZach Braff
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORBruce Campbell
Best of the ARTIST

ACTORAbigail Spencer
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORJoey King
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORTony Cox
Best of the ARTIST

ACTORMia Serafino
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORTim Holmes
Best of the ARTIST
ACTORBill Cobbs
Best of the ARTIST

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz
1925
dir. by Larry Semon
starring
Dorothy Dwan
Charles Murray
THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939The Wizard of Oz
1939
dir. Victor Fleming
Starring
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan
THE WIZThe Wiz
1978
dir. Sydney Lumet
starring
Diana Ross
Michael Jackson
Richard Pryor
RETURN TO OZReturn to Oz
1985
dir. Walter Murch
Starring
Fairuza Balk
Nicol Williamson,

CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 2013