Movie Review: Oz The Great and Powerful #disneyozevent #disneyoz

by Carrie with Children with 5 comments

Today is the day and I am SO excited for the world to see Oz The Great and Powerful – in theaters today!

Since attending the world premiere of the film a few weeks ago in California, I’ve been surrounded in all things Oz-related, and just like the movie – it’s been a magical time.

Oz The Great and Powerful Witches Resized

What To Expect

Let’s go ahead and get the big things out of the way…  you won’t see Dorothy, there’s no ruby red slippers and no Toto. And you know what – I never once even thought about it.  This movie takes the story of Oz to an entirely new level –  an AMAZING new level.

Seen as a prequel, this film is set in the days leading up to Oz became the great wizard. It answers a lot of questions for those of us in love with the original film.  There are small things inserted into the film that are a nod to the original, besides seeing a great movie, it really made it a fun experience to be on the lookout.  A few examples..this film starts in black/white and changes to color, there are a few references to scarecrows and even a lion.

Oz Balloon lands in the Land of Oz

The imagery and colors in this film are absolutely breathtaking.  When Oscar (James Franco) finds himself in Oz and meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), you really get a sense of the true beauty and passion that was put into making this story.  It was magical.

Rachel Weisz (Evanora), Michelle Williams (Glinda) and Mila Kunis (Theodora) were perfect choices to play the witches.  Joey King as China Girl and the amazing Zach Braff as the animated Finley the flying monkey bring a loving and comical side to the movie.

And grab a tissue, because I bet you cry when Oz first meets China Girl.. and you’ll giggle when Finley wipes a tear from his eye too.

Finley and China Girl in Oz The Great and Powerful

Is It Too Scary for Kids?

The film is rated PG.  With that said, every child is different.  This movie isn’t violent or sexual in any way. However, there are times when the movie gets very loud and things jump out at you.  And, oh yeah, the Wicked Witch transforms. (Probably my favorite scene in the entire film.)  Instead of scary flying monkeys, they are now babboons and they can be a little frightening at times.

However, with the scary moments – there are also amazingly warm and touching scenes too.  The scenes with China Girl and Finley are so wonderfully captured and I know they will be big highlights for children.  (Who am I kidding..they were big highlights for me too!)

My opinion?  I think this film would be appropriate for ages seven and up. But, please remember – every child is different.

Mila Kunis and James Franco in Oz The Great and Powerful

image credit – Disney

This is a film that I am excited to see again and again.  I hope it does amazing things at the box office, I think it brings a whole new dimension to the stories of L. Frank Baum.  Long live Oz The Great and Powerful!

 Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters on March 8th!

** Walt Disney Pictures invited me on this all-expenses paid trip as their guest . Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others. **


  • Elle

    I’ve been looking forward to this movie! Hoping we can go this weekend. I was wondering if it might be too scary. My youngest is 10, but we are pretty careful what he watches.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks so much for reading, Elle. It’s such a great movie, I hope you get to see it this weekend! And I bet your ten-year old will be totally fine with this movie! Enjoy!