Be careful! A woman scorned could be a REAL WITCH! And she’s bound to get revenge and sometimes it’s of epic proportions!
And so goes the story of one of my favorites tales, but with a twist! I got a sneak peak of Oz the Great and Powerful in 3-D, which opens today, and it’s a delightful (yet dark) but surprisingly whimsical story of the Wizard of Oz, played by James Franco and his journey to transform from con-man to a man of courage who saves an enchanted city.
With my special 3-D Oz glasses I was swept up into a world Oz landed in a balloon after he escaped the grips of the world’s strongest man who was chasing him and wanted to ring his neck because Oz put on a conniving carnival show and tried to get the man’s girlfriend.
Oz was greeted in the Land of Oz by Mila Kunis who played a kind and meek witch named Theodora who befriends Oz and makes him believe he is “the wizard” and leads him off on a journey chased by the witch’s money henchmen down the yellow brick road to get to the Emerald City. Along the way, the two fall in love, or so Theodora thinks. And like a lot of men who play games, Oz leads Theodora into believing she will be the queen. But oh we all know that you never hurt a woman’s heart. The repercussions could cost you.
I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say that Theodora soon found out from her evil sister Evanora, played by Rachael Wiesz that Oz’s intentions were not good and he had no intentions of putting a ring on it!
From there, Theodora turned wicked — ugly green face and all and it’s the wicked witch that we all have come to know in the famed Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland as Dorothy.
In the story there were two characters I adored, Oz’s quick-witted sidekick Finley played by Zach Braff and China Girls played by adorable Joey King. At first I couldn’t see how this China Girl could possibly fit in the picture. But the fragile China Girl was tougher than I thought she would be. And Finley was quite funny. Michelle Williams played the part of Glinda the good witch perfectly. She was kind, poised and on point.
But if I had to give out an award it would be given to Mila Kunis who ROCKED the part of Theodora the wicked witch! Mila killed it and really amplified her acting skills. I didn’t know she had it in her! She was really good and believable and played the part to evil perfection!
On another note I was really, really happy to see so many African Americans in the courtyard in this movie. From munchkins to kids to “tinkerers” there were lots of diversity in this movie, which of course was missing from the original Wizard of Oz movie; yet it’s still one of my favorites.
This movie is also visually stunning and 3-D adds a whole new dimension and will have you dodging fireballs, fireworks and a witch’s broom!
Make sure you ease your way on down to your local theater and check out Oz the Great and Powerful this weekend.
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