video review : Oz The Great And Powerful

video review : Oz The Great And Powerful

This is a Disney prequel to The Wizard Of Oz that focuses not on Dorothy but The Great And Powerful one himself. It’s a story that didn’t need to be told; I would’ve preferred a sequel; but it’s nonetheless a wondrous one.

The fun begins when Oz, a full-time magician and part-time casanova, gets caught in a Kansas twister and conjured off to Oz. The land shares his name by chance, but the people there think he’s the awaited King, so he plays along.

The plot is a little cartoony at times; the Knuck character is particularly annoying; but it’s mostly an adventure as Oz, like Dorothy before (after) him, is joined by a cast of eccentric friends on his way to kill The Wicked Witch.

my rating : 4 of 5

2013

video review : Return To Oz

video review : Return To Oz

The one thing this sequel improves on compared to the original Wizard Of Oz from nearly a half century ago is that, though the story takes place six months later, Dorothy is played by a much younger and prettier actress, which is more appropriate for the character.

Everything else about Return To Oz is decidedly inferior. It’s darker in tone and thus less fun, sure, but its most conspicuous flaw is the missing songs. The only music here comes in the form of dramatic orchestration as Dorothy ventures with friends new and old.

my rating : 3 of 5

1985

video review : The Wizard Of Oz

video review : The Wizard Of Oz

This modernized fairy tale, about a girl named Dorothy who gets blown away to a magical land during a Kansas cyclone, is quite enchanting. That’s mostly because of the cast of kooky characters she encounters along the way and the charming songs they sing.

There’s The Scarecrow who has no brains, The Tin Man who has no heart and the cowardly Lion, all of whom join Dorothy and her dog, whose impending destruction is never resolved, on a quest to Emerald City to get their wishes granted by the Godlike Wizard.

my rating : 4 of 5

1939

video review : Return To Oz

an Early Learner map of The United States

an Early Learner map of The United States

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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz ( book ) … L Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz ( book ) ... L Frank Baum

This modernized fairy tale, about an orphan named Dorothy who gets blown away to a magical land during a Kansas cyclone, could’ve lived up to its grandiose title if it were about a quarter shorter. The storyline reaches its thematic peak during the Balloon chapter, XVII of XXIV, which makes for an ending that’s somewhat anticlimactic.

It’s consistently cute though, mostly due to the unlikely friends Dorothy meets along the way. There’s The Scarecrow, who has no brains, The Tin Woodman, who has no heart, and The Cowardly Lion; the three of whom join Dorothy, and her dog Toto, on a quest to Oz’s City Of Emeralds to get their wishes granted by the Godlike Wizard.

my rating : 4 of 5

1900

review : The Marvelous Land Of Oz ( book ) … L Frank Baum