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When Oscar Diggs, 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, Evanora and Glinda, 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 the great wizard but into a better man as well.
Fantasy Adventure - This is a family-targeted fantasy film that tells the backstory of
The Wizard of Oz. Like that classic film, there are some scary
images and moments that may be intense for very young children, but on
the whole this effects-heavy film is a very all ages-friendly film.
Fans of the stars will enjoy this solid showcase for them.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 230 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:As expected, all the children enjoyed "Oz the Great and Powerful" very much with most loving it.
TEENS:Great reviews from both the males and females. Everyone either loved it or enjoyed it very much. No one rated it low.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Over two-thirds of the females loved "Oz the Great and Powerful." Half of the remaining third rated it above average and the rest rated it "Good" (average). Males didn't give it as many very high reviews but nearly everyone either loved it or indicated that they enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are nearly identical. Half loved it and another quarter enjoyed it very much. The last quarter rated it "Good," which indicates an average movie (enjoyable but nothing special).