From the opening black and white credits to when the final curtain falls, this is a truly magical adventure.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the original Wizard of Oz film (and I truly hope that you are) you can’t help but fall in love with the land of Oz in all it’s technicolour beauty.
A prequel to the original Judy Garland film, Oz The Great and Powerful takes you on the journey of Oscar Digs (played by James Franco), a charlatan circus ‘wizard’ who’s hot air balloon is swept away to a strange place called Oz. He quickly finds himself at the centre of a battle between three witches as he tries to save the Emerald City and all it’s quirky inhabitants.
While the plot is somewhat predictable and we all know how the story will eventually end, it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the journey. Twists and misdirection are sufficient enough to keep you suitably aroused.
The characters are marred by failing to develop past the usual stereotypes you’d expect from a Disney film such as the hero’s loveable and humorous sidekicks. But I defy anyone who does not shed a tear at the plight of the China Girl.
I went to see OTGAP at the Odeon IMAX and have to admit that it’s one of the most spell-binding 3D films since Avatar. Expect stunningly beautiful sets and jaw dropping CGI with all manner of objects flying in and out of the screen, keeping you literally on the edge of your seat.
Don’t expect any singing or talk about the Yellow Brick, and there’s not a single ruby slipper in sight, leaving plenty of scope for a sequel (in fact there are 14 books in the original series.) Fingers crossed eh?
A truly fantastic-ical film that’s well worth a watch.