Released back in 2013, Disney gave us a great prequel to the classic myth of The Wizard of Oz. With a rating of 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 3/5 stars from The Guardian, this movie was a big success.
James Franco stars as a circus magician with untrustworthy ethics. But, after a storm, he doesn’t think he’s in Kansas anymore. Hurled away to the magical Land of Oz, Franco becomes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He must fulfull a prophecy, and release the land from the Wicked Witches.
The Wizard of Oz’s character development within the movie is pretty genious. He starts off as a ladies’ man, romancer, and, basically, a con artist. Then, by the end of the film, he wants to help people; he’s honest and faithful. It’s a pretty realistic character development that takes time and makes him seem more humane.
Not only does this film give a great backstory to the Witches and The Wizard of Oz, but it also explores real life situations. Deciet, heartbreak, family conflict, love, and the circus life. It’s easy for people to relate to in some way, which makes this film more enjoyable.
However, even though I enjoyed this film a lot, I thought they could have had more references to the original film. Yes, they did have some characters and the iconic storm. But, it would have been nice if there were more references included. Like the red shoes that Dorothy wears, or something.
This family adventure is suitable for all ages and is a very interesting prequel. It’s boisterous, engaging, humorous and lovingly detailed. And, like most fairytales and myths, it has a happy ending.