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Oz The Great And Powerful: 6 Reasons Why I Took My Four- And Five-Year-Old Children (Photos)

Oz The Great And Powerful opened this past weekend. To say that my children have been anxiously awaiting for this day would be an understatement. They have been preparing by watching the original Wizard of Oz, catching up on YouTube clips and asking every question possible to what they have seen. My son, on the way to the theatre, just wanted to make sure it was “Fakebelive” and that the Witch was using facepaints to turn green!  My children have been going to movie theatres since they were 18-months-old. Jax has seemingly always had the attention span to be able to sit and comprehend for two-hour shows.

I was fortunate to be invited to a sneak preview of the movie prior to it opening so I could also judge if it was appropriate for my children. I don’t often read reviews to movies as I want to form my own opinion and don’t like any spoilers. Every child is different and so is every family!

For a different opinion than mine, you should check out Kristen Howerton’s review and Sunny Chanel’s post for “The Ultimate Oz Great and Powerful Guide! Everything You Need to Know.”


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    Oz the great and powerful is the pre-story to L. Frank Baum's tale Wizard of Oz. The movie tells us all about Oscar Diggs (James Franco) who is an illusionist and con-artist who is down on his luck and trying to get ahead. He wants to be great and wonderful!
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    Oscar finds himself in the land of Oz via a hot air balloon he used to escape people who were upset about his cons. A tornado hits the fair he was at in Kansas and takes him away. When he finally lands in OZ ( after a bumpy ride) everyone thinks he is the long-anticipated wizard. Oscar comes across three of his not-so expected witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), and Oscar suddenly finds that Oz really needs his help.
  • 1. Fantasitcal World: 3 of 10
    1. Fantasitcal World:
    What I love about OZ is that the world doesn't feel particulary real. It is only when you're inside that it is realistic enough to believe that these people would inhabit these crazy vibrant places.
  • 2. Magic 4 of 10
    2. Magic
    The magic is what made the movie comfortable and not scary for my children. They are able to distinguish that magic is something you see in movies not something you do every day and it is not real. Things that seem common to us (fireworks and projections), were magic to the land of Oz. These helped "pull back the curtain" and made it more relateable and believable.
  • Magic Continued- 5 of 10
    Magic Continued-
    The colors are all brighter than they should be and the creatures all have just the slightest bit of a cartoonishness to continually remind the viewer that Oz has almost a dream-like quality. I can't forget my son saying "wow mommy those are beautiful flowers".
  • 3. Disneyland Ready 6 of 10
    3. Disneyland Ready
    From the opening credits to the hot air balloon ride I felt like I was on a ride at Disneyland and so did my children. The laughter and giggles after the balloon dropped was priceless. My daughter who is 4 told me that she thought she was on splash mountain. After seeing what the folks who create the rides have done most recently at Cars Land, I can absolutely imagine what the Oz ride could be.
  • 4. Preaching Non-Violence 7 of 10
    4. Preaching Non-Violence
    In the land of Oz the fine people are prohibited from killing. When their land is threatend, instead of waging a violent war, they were forced to be creative to defend themselves. My children were scared in 'Tangled' (where the wicked mother falls out of the tower and dies), they get sad that Mufasa dies and Scar and the hyennas make them shudder in 'The Lion King' and they close their eyes when they see Ursala in 'The Little Mermaid'. But at the end of OZ they asked when we could see it again. They did not leave this movie being hardened but rather softened in the heart.
  • 5. Morals We Can Realte To 8 of 10
    5.  Morals We Can Realte To
    From sharing money to following through on promises. This movie shows some very hard choices (good or bad) that each character has to make and more importantly what you and I and our children are faced with daily. Everything from telling lies, wealth or greed and revenge is touched upon and dealt with in a way we can all relate to.
  • Morals We Can Relate To Continued – 9 of 10
    Morals We Can Relate To Continued -
    Oz struggles with issues of wanting to be great and wonderful... aka... boosting his own pride and deisre to be weathy. I love that he quickly admits to his new friends that he is not the Great OZ, but is also able to understand and have compassion for his new role and is invested in helping make everyone happy and safe. The evil witches who we can not relate to by look, but that we can relate to by their story, show their bitterness, resentment and anger to everyone. Which proves to get them no where and those who are loyal, forgiving and loving like the good witch and the people of OZ conquer in the end. This was a great conversation I had with my children and the way we treat each other.
  • 6. Comedy 10 of 10
    6. Comedy
    Finally, from a monkey wearing a bell hop suit to the munchkins song and dance number the movie was filled with belly laughs. Even the moments that were mildly scarey ( for example, scary trees in the dark forest and flying monkeys following the witches orders ) were immediately followed with somethign funny to disarm a potentially scary sittuation. There was never a moment that went too far.

(Photo Source : WDSMP )
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