Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Movie Monday: Oz the Great and Powerful

Keeping you in the loop with all of your favorite book to movie adaptations!
The movie Oz the Great and Powerful is intended as a prequel to the incredible Oz series written by L Frank Baum. Hopefully, with the success of this film, the filmmakers will continue with Baum's oeuvre. (Although nothing will ever truly replace the original Wizard of Oz!)
If you have somehow missed reading the Oz series, the best place to start is the beginning (natch): The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful fantasy out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There′s no place like home."

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.



Writers: (screenplay), (screenplay)  

Stars: , , , Mila Kunis


  Early buzz is not amazing for Oz the Great and Powerful, but not horrible either at a 61% critics rating and a 69% "liked it" viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"A dazzling, thrilling and wonderfully entertaining brand new classic. This is a Wizard of 'Awe'." - Pete Hammond - Movieline - Full Review
"Oz the Great and Powerful is entirely serviceable family entertainment. Problem is, serviceable doesn't quite cut it when you're talking about the magical land of Oz." - Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News - Full Review


Lots to look forward to this month on the big and small screens!
Critically acclaimed A Royal Affair will be released on DVD next week. Then...just two more weeks until Stephenie Meyers, The Host hits theaters. (I've got to get to re-reading!) Later in the month, the new season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO (squee!) and for some retro flashbacks, Jurassic Park is being re-released in theaters the beginning of April.
A Royal Affair - On DVD 3/19/13
The Host - In theaters 3/29/13
Game of Thrones Season 3 - On HBO 3/31/13
Jurassic Park - In theaters 4/5/13 


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