I have always loved Disney's movies since I was a kid and have never failed to give any Disney movies a miss. Disney movies was my companion while growing up and now, even as an adult my love for Disney movies have not subsided. Instead, it became a form of habit that I have and MUST catch any Disney movies that's been out in theatres!
I have been looking forward and waiting as patiently to catch Oz the Great and Powerful ever since I caught it's trailer while catching another movie at the cinema's! And I definitely went.. "I'M TOTALLY GONNA WATCH THIS!!" to D. Well.. it's pretty bimbotic I admit, but after realizing it's one of Disney's latest movie AND it reminds me of a movie that I have known since growing up, I couldn't help myself!
While growing up, my childhood movies revolved around these couple of movies besides cartoons. The Sound of Music, Annie, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. And this movie definitely do remind me of that particular movie! Won't you agree with me?
If you have no idea what The Wizard of Oz is all about, here's some spoilers for you!
Dorothy Gale is a 12 year old farm girl living in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Her guardians and the farmhands Hunk, Zeke (Bert Lahr) and Hickory are too busy pay attention to her. Em then tells her niece to find a "place where she won't get into any trouble" causing her to sing "Over the Rainbow". Miss Gulch shows up to have Dorothy's pet dog Toto destroyed after he bit her earlier on. Toto escapes though and Dorothy, knowing she'll be back, decides to run away. They meet Professor Marvel, who claims via his crystal ball that Em is "sick". Believing him, Dorothy heads back to the farm but her family and the hands are in the storm cellar and Dorothy has her head hit by a window frame. Dorothy awakens and discovers they are in the core of a tornado and the house lands with a bump.
Dorothy and Toto enter a technicolor world named Oz and meet Glinda the Witch of the North who states that they are now in Munchkinland, and that Dorothy's house has killed the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins rejoice that the Witch is dead but her evil sister, the Witch of the West arrives and is furious both that her sister is dead and her dead sister's magical ruby slippers are now worn by Dorothy, thanks to Glinda. She promises vengeance on Dorothy and Toto before leaving. Glinda tells Dorothy she can get back to Kansas by going following the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz, who lives in the Emerald City.
Dorothy and Toto en route to the city encounter the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the bipedal Cowardly Lion who each wish for a brain, heart and courage respectively. As they approach the city, the Witch tries to kill Dorothy by spiking the poppy field with poison, but Glinda intervenes, much to the fury of the Witch. The friends eventually arrive at the city and are greeted by both the door keeper and coachman. Dorothy and the Lion get makeovers, while Scarecrow gets fresh straw and the Tin Man is polished. After the Witch sends a threatening message, they meet the Wizard's guard, who eventually gets them in to see the Wizard, who says he will grant their wishes for a service: by bringing him the Witch of the West's broom.
On their way to the Witch's castle, the flying monkeys ambush them and kidnap Dorothy and Toto. In the castle, the Witch blackmails Dorothy, threatening to drown Toto if she does not give her the slippers. After Dorothy agrees, the Witch is still unable to get them due to a shower of sparks. The Witch then remembers the slippers will remain on Dorothy's feet until she dies. Toto escapes and the Witch locks Dorothy in the tower, planning to execute her once the top bulb of her hourglass is empty. Toto finds the trio and they overpower three Winkie guards before saving Dorothy, but are chased by the Witch and her other guards. They soon trap the foursome and the Witch sets Scarecrow afire. Dorothy, in putting out the flames with a bucket of water, accidentally splashes water over the Witch, causing her to melt. The Winkies are now free and reward Dorothy by giving her the broomstick.
Back in Emerald City, the Wizard still refuses to grant their wishes, but after Toto exposes him as a normal middle-aged man, he says he will do so. He gives the Scarecrow a diploma, Lion a medal and Tin Man a heart-shaped clock. He decides to fly Dorothy home in his hot air balloon, but it takes off without her. Glinda arrives and tells her the ruby slippers will get her home. After saying her goodbyes, Dorothy clicks her heels three times and awakens back home surrounded by her family, the three farmhands and Marvel. She claims the hands and Marvel were in Oz and says "There's no place like home", though it is implied Dorothy's visit to Oz was simply a dream.
After reading the plot from The Wizard of Oz, aren't you curious to know how similar Oz the Great and Powerful is going to be? Well, I AM for sure! Though I know it's not going to be exactly the same as the adaptation, I'm still curious to know how the movie will end. I'm more interested to see a twist and a much more interesting version with more fantasy, more magic, some intense action that keeps you wriggling in your seat and of course, not forgetting some sweet lovely romance!
Let's see why I said both movies are similar, shall we?
What do you guys think?
I LOVE "The Wizard of Oz" and I'm DEFINITELY 100% sure I'm going to LOVE "Oz the Great and Powerful" too!!
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well. “Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with a screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen are serving as executive producers.
Official Release Date: 7 March 2013
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“Oz The Great and Powerful”
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