It’s spring break week out here so I am looking for stuff do with my kids – one who is in a wheelchair with a broken leg (waterslides need not apply). So I am wondering about taking them to see “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
It actually did well over the weekend, topping the box office with $80.3 million. Reviewers have given it a passing grade – see below CNN declares it good enough. But I am wondering did you take your kids to see and what did you think? Will my youngest (now 6) be scared in it?
“It’s been nearly 74 years since Dorothy first walked the yellow brick road in “The Wizard of Oz” and over the weekend, the Emerald City and its residents captivated audiences once more. “Oz the Great and Powerful” topped the box office with a whopping $80.3 million debut, making Disney’s prequel of sorts to MGM’s 1939 classic the first big-budget blockbuster of 2013.”
“Featuring James Franco in the title role of author L. Frank Baum’s would-be wizard, “Oz” debuted in nearly 4,000 locations and enjoyed the benefits of pricier 3-D tickets and IMAX showings. It didn’t beat the $152.5 million of “The Hunger Games” nor the $116 million of “Alice in Wonderland,” but the inaugural “Oz” weekend did manage to place #3 on the all-time list for March.”
While CNN’s review wasn’t wasn’t glowing (the reviewer didn’t buy James Franco’s character), the reviewer did say it was more than good enough.
“The new “Oz” falls short of the 1939 “Oz” in charm and innocence and certainly in songs (there is only one, a brief, jokey number from the Munchkins). But as family entertainment, it’s hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling.”
“A true fantasist, Raimi has conjured up a valentine to the imagination, to smoke and mirrors and to the movies as a magical space where we might envisage, and possibly even realize, our better selves.
“That’s more than good enough.”
So will you take your kids to see the new Oz movie? Is it worth our time and our money?