Disclosure: I received a copy of Oz the Great and Powerful for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well.
My son and I attended a screening for this movie in 3D and were immediately drawn into the world of Oz. Oz the Great and Powerful truly brings you on a fantastical adventure from its stunning visual effects, its superb cast of actors, and heart-warming moments.
On a family-friendly scale, there is some adult type humor but (as usual) it will probably be over your kids' heads and isn't too inappropriate. It is rated PG for a reason though. There are some darker scenes that might be a little scary. But the flying monkeys are quite frightening.
The sounds that they make, their bat-like wings and snarling teeth may be scary to younger children. (And I thought the old flying monkeys were scary growing up; these are far more intense) In my opinion, they were more scary than the green witch. I'd recommend it for ages 7-8+ because of that.
The themes in this movie, though a little complicated, are great to discuss with your children. Truth vs. lies or "fibbing" is dealt with throughout the film. Other themes include helping others, bravery, how to be "good", and working together.
We were excited to receive the Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus features. It was interesting to see how Mila Kunis became the ugly witch and the bloopers were pretty amusing. My favorite part of the bonus features is the behind-the-scenes clips that show how the movie was made.
Oz The Great and Powerful is truly a breathtaking adventure for the whole family. This is one movie we are happy to add to our collection and watch over and over again.
Where to Buy:
Oz the Great and Powerful Blu-ray Combo Pack is $27.99 on Amazon
Free Activity Pages
Help Finley the monkey find the China girl at the end of the maze, play a game of memory, and make a popsicle stick monkey mask!
Temple Run: Oz Game
In celebration of the in-home release, Temple Run: Oz will introduce China Girl as an all-new character to the exhilarating running experience (which launched during the theatrical release).
The tiny China Girl might be small in size but she is packed
with speed and a big attitude. Players will be able to run through all three stunning environments including the latest release Winkie Country and be able to use the “Head Start” feature to fast travel to any location.
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