Disney’s latest venture is a visually rich piece that hints at the 1939 film that it prequels, but never tries to imitate. Technology has moved on a long way since the celebrated Technicolor process used in The Wizard of Oz, but the saturated levels of colour as you enter Oz here inspire that same feeling of reaching a fantastical land.
James Franco plays a suitably shady circus magician who must prove himself to be the prophesied Wizard and save the land of Oz; whilst going on a journey of self-discovery himself (of course, there’s a moral to the story – nobody just gets riches and glory).
Stunning visual effects and a film that was definitely made for 3D make this great family viewing. But not for the faint-hearted; I jumped in my seat more than once, nearly spilling my complementary blue popcorn all over my neighbour.
There’s some great promotion around the release too, including a chance to enter Oz from the comfort of you own computer screen thanks to the Google Chrome Experiment team.
Oz the Great and Powerful goes on general release Friday 8th March.