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Movie review: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

With his enchanting adventure, director Sam Raimi eventually manages to blaze his own trail down the Yellow Brick Road while still respecting one of the most adored movies in cinema history.
Oklahoman Published: March 8, 2013

Oz rescues a wisecracking flying monkey named Finley (voiced by Braff) and a tougher-than-she-looks China Doll (voice of Joey King), and they become his companions on his mission. The quest gets much more complicated when they realize that the witch they've been dispatched to defeat, Glinda (Williams again), is actually the good one, while Evanora is the conniving spell-caster who killed Glinda's father, the previous king.

Glinda knows Oz is a selfish con-man, but she also thinks he might just have what it takes to rally the people to defeat Evanora and her horrible army of winged baboons, which are much scarier than the flying monkeys of old, particularly in well-rendered 3-D, and sure to terrorize young children.

Overthrowing the true wicked witch becomes even more daunting when Evanora manipulates her temperamental sister into becoming a green-faced crone, which Kunis turns into a worthy predecessor to Margaret Hamilton's scenery-chewing antagonist.

The mythology gets a bit murky, and the decision to have Williams and Braff play roles in both Kansas and Oz feels arbitrary. But Raimi grants “Oz the Great and Powerful” enough magic to carry the day, and even better, prompt families and film fans to reunite with Dorothy and the original “Wizard of Oz.”

Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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