“Because!, Because!, Because! Because! Because!….. because of the wonderful things he does.”  No, that song does not appear in this film, and it does not have the absolute power that The Wizard of Oz possesses, but you definitely walk away from this movie feeling fulfilled and happy that you were able to return to the Land of Oz.
What’s it about?:  This is the prequel to one of the most legendary films of all time, The Wizard of Oz.  In this film, we discover the not so immaculate conception of the man who would become The Wizard.  The inner spirit of a flawed man is put to the test, but with the Yellow Brick Road steering him, he is sure to find his way.
Who’s “The Man?”:  James Franco (127 Hours) is “the man” they call “Oz,” and he delivers a classic tradition to a new and younger audience, something he wasn’t able to accomplish when he co-hosted The Oscars.  A Wizard is nothing without his trusty second banana, fittingly, a flying monkey named Finley, voiced by Zach Braff of Scrubs fame.
Who’s that Girl?:  This movie scores a hat trick with three witches. If you were from Boston you would definitely note that Mila Kunis (Ted), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) were all “wicked awesome.” Young Joey King puts the sugar and spice into the voice of China Girl.
Why should I go?:  If you love movies, it is your duty and responsibility to investigate for yourself if your beloved Land of Oz is presented properly.

Is it any good?:  Yes, Oz: The Great and Powerful holds true to L. Frank Baum’s creation, but all the CGI magic in the world could not recreate the technicolor dream that is The Wizard of Oz.

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