I’m a huge fan of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz series. Maybe it has to do with the time in which they were written and published (during the early 1900s) or the fact that they were imagined, created, and put to paper by Baum himself.
Oz is such a place filled with wonder, peace, joy, and there is little to nothing to worry about. One of reasons why Oz is my absolute favorite fictional world.
When the movie version of this book came out, starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, I wasn’t jumping to the theater to see it, even though it’s Oz related, and maybe I should’ve listed to my instincts on that because the book was such a let down.
Oz the Great and Powerful doesn’t include any of the notable characters, Dorothy, the Tin-Man, Scarecrow, etc. but that’s not what made me give it two stars.
The entire book makes Oz sound like a pretty unlikeable character up until about the last ten pages. Seriously.
He’s arogant, selfish, and greedy. He only turns back to help save the people Of Oz (that he promised he would help originally) when his conscious begins to weigh on him.
Needless to say, this Disney take on Oz didn’t have near enough of the charm as the original did. I get that with remakes and “inspired by” stories, of course it won’t be identical to the originals, but come on. This one was just….not it.
Maybe when the movie comes to Netflix and I feel like revisiting the story, I might check put how the movie compares but until then, Oz is a dud in my book.
Final Rating: 2/5 ⭐️
My advice? Just stick with the original series.
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