April 2, 2013
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL DOES FRANK BAUM AND MGM JUSTICE
?Oz, the Great and Powerful? is a look at 1939?s ?The Wizard of Oz? from the point of view of the Wizard rather than from the point of view of Dorothy.
Due to copyright issues, Oz is technically a prequel to the original L. Frank Baum books, but there are several homages to the 1939 MGM musical. In addition, there are some references that hint at the storyline of the book ?Wicked: The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West,? but not enough to firmly connect the two Prequels.
The quality of the film reflects the integration of the Walt Disney and Pixar divisions of the Disney Company, and I think that Frank Baum would have been proud.
There are two versions of the film, one of them 2-D, and the other 3-D, and for that reason the ticket price is different for the two versions. Like most 2-D/3-D films, the location of most of the 3-D effects is obvious in the 2-D film, and can be disconcerting to some. Otherwise, the 2-D version is very enjoyable indeed.
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