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Movie Corner: Oz the Great and Powerful

 by Candace Salima, US Daily Review, Senior Contributor

Movie: Oz the Great and Powerful
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz
Runtime/Rating: 130 Minutes / PG

The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful is the story of a carnival magician and conman who arrives in the land of Oz. Greeted by Theodora, a very naive witch, Oz finds himself in a very strange land, one of vibrant colors, flying monkeys, china dolls and three very different witches.

Upon arrival in the Emerald City, Oz finds himself in a room literally filled with gold. Unfortunately, Theodora's sister Evanora is conniving and manipulative. She entices Oz with the gold and promise of the throne...after he kills the wicked witch. But the question is, who is the wicked witch?

Oz's journey takes him through Oz with an assortment of interesting characters. My favorite, although Finley the Flying Monkey was awesome, was the China Girl played by actress Joey King. The animators and screenwriters surpassed all expectations with China Girl.

All in all, the story plays out wonderfully in an engaging film that shows how Oz became Oz the Great and Powerful. Sometimes, it's less about magic and more about recognizing the potential within.

The writing is solid, as is the directing, acting and animation. And, there is a lot more that witch than that stunning red hat! I give Oz the Great and Powerful 4.5 out of 5 stars. I'm just not a big fan of James Franco as Oz. It felt like there was something "not quite right" with Franco's portrayal of Oz. I was never able to really cheer for him, but the rest of the movie was fantastic.

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Candace Salima is an author, columnist, frequent radio show guest, and makes her home in the Rocky Mountains. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Movie Corner: Oz the Great and Powerful Movie Corner: Oz the Great and Powerful Reviewed by Candace Salima on Saturday, March 23, 2013 Rating: 5