Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)Before we begin, let's have an introduction. I LOVE Disney. Such characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Roger Rabbit! Such movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mary Poppins, Toy Story! They rock. But when they try to take a dark backstory (thumbs up if you only know that word because of Phineas And Ferb, another form of Disney awesomeness)......well, it wasn't the brightest idea. I LOVED THIS MOVIE. It was amazing. But with a joke every five seconds, it really took away some of the backstory elements. Now, The Wizard Of Oz's backstory went PERFECT with the jokes, so GREAT JOB, DISNEY! You did this movie well. But next time, it may not work as well. Disney, leave your backstories to Doofenshmirtz, because I think another movie in the form of a backstory by you should be left to another company............
Plot: Oscar (or "Oz" for short) is a con man who works as a magician in a Kansas fair. (Why does that sentence remind me of "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea"?) He does a fake levitating show, where he chooses a member of the audience which he will make levitate. But......the audience member he chooses had rehearsed this trick with him beforehand. Blah, blah, blah, it works out, blah, blah, blah, another audience member asks him to do the same thing to her which he can't, blah, blah, blah, angry mob.
Oz hides in is cabin (a pineapple under the sea. No, not really) were some steroid-induced strongman from the Kansas fair (under the sea) wants to beat him up. He runs away in a hot air balloon not thinking of where he'll land, blah, blah, blah, tornado (Here's a connection!), blah, blah, blah, he lands in a pineapple under the sea. No, not really, but close though. He lands in a river with no pineapples, sponges, starfish, or Nicktoons.
A lady named Theodora help him get out of the no-Nickelodeon-references lake, and she turns out to be a witch. But, she's a good witch. He says e's Oz, who is apparently the wizard that the land he's landed in, Oz, is looking for, and that Plankton.....ugh, I'm in Nickelodeon mode......I mean, the wicked witch will do anything to kill him. Blah, blah, blah, they go to Emerald City, blah, blah, blah, they find a good guy flying monkey named Finnley who follows Oz around, blah, blah, blah, Oz kicks a magic 8-ball giving him two fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda....ha! Gotcha there! You didn't see that Nickelodeon reference coming up (though that didn't happen in the film)!...blah, blah, blah, he meets another good witch whose name I forget who turns out to be evil and later transforms Theodora (but not Alvin and Simon...hey, a NON-Nickelodeon reference!) into the wicked witch. Oz and Finnley are sent on a quest to kill the wicked witch, meet a girl made of glass, and when they think they've finally found the wicked witch, it's actually the good witch, Glinda, then he finds out that the other witch is ad and that she's turned Theodora evil, and then there's a huge war between Oz and the bad witches where Oz fakes his death, saves the day by coming back as a "ghost", and forever remains "dead" to the "people" "of" "Oz". (What's up with the quotation marks?) Though he's alive.
Rating: 9 stars (out of a possible 10). Confusing and freaky, but good.
Reccomended For: Fans of the original Oz series (books or movies).