Friday, July 12, 2013

Day 1376 - Oz the Great and Powerful Review and Give Away

Who's ready for some monkey humour?

I was absolutely delighted when the Disney peeps asked if I'd like to review Oz the Great and Powerful in preparation for the big DVD release this week. With all the hype surrounding the movie, and the documentary I saw about its production, I was pretty keen to see what all the fuss was about.

Nanny had already taken the kids to see it on the big screen, but they were champing at the bit to see it again which I figured was a good sign.  So we sat down to a family movie night, with nachos on our laps and coke at the ready.  What's a movie date without crap food to go with it?

When it first came on as black and white on a small screen I was a little concerned, but the concern turned to intrigue as I got caught up in the nostalgia of it all.  If you watch closely you'll find clues in the black and white bit which then gives meaning beyond the rainbow.

At the point where the wizards enters Oz the screen not only bursts into colour but widens for full visual viewing.  This effect alone has you bursting with energy as the colours explode and the movie takes you on a ride through a bunch of crazy visuals and enough vertical drop to make it worthy of an IMAX production. They're going to have to turn this into a Disney ride for sure!

The movie takes on the normal "good versus bad" story line with a whole bunch of monkey humour thrown in. But it also includes quite a few extra bits and pieces to mix it up and ensure that not is all what it seems.  And there are points where you can't quite work out who is good and who is evil. Which witch is which?

The underlying message in the movie is that you've got to believe.  With belief comes confidence, powers and opportunity.  We also learn that envy is an ugly emotion and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And the Wizard gives us all permission to "fake it till we make it". Everything we need is already inside of us. We can all be wizards if we commit to our individual strengths.

For adults the movie is full of inspiration and metaphors for life, and for kids the movie is just plain wondrous (if not a tad scary is sections).

Warning: Everyone's gonna want to own a little porcelein doll afterwards. And you're probably also gonna wanna find yourself a monkey.  Oh, and you may never eat green apples again. The Granny Smith peeps may have a challenge on their hands given green apples apparently make your heart wither away and become truly hideous (and you may turn green as an added bonus).

So there you have it. That's my review of Oz the Great and Powerful.  What do you think?  Worthy of a look see?

GIVE AWAY TIME! Win, win, win!! 

The Wizard says: What's better than greatness? Goodness! So it's time for me to share the "goodness".

In celebration of the DVD's launch this week, the good people at Disney are offering THREE of my readers the chance to own their own copy of Oz the Great and Powerful.  All you need to do is tell me why you need some Wizard in your life.  Yep, it's that easy. Note: The Wizards is a bit of a player, so be careful what you wish for. You can enter via comment, Deep Fried Facebook, text, email or Twitter using #DFFOz.  Entry open to Australian residents only and competition closes Friday 19 July. Winners drawn at random and announced on Saturday 20 July.


  1. We have regular movie nights and I'd love to enjoy this movie with my family.
    I have heard nothing but good things about it, and am a huge fan of the original, so would love to see this one.

  2. Life is rather mundane without some magic or Wizard in it. What a fabulous movie to watch thank you.


  3. Definitely need crap snacks to go with movie night. M&Ms are my all time FAV!

  4. Theres always room for magic and wizardry i love this movies wonderful imagery. I would love to share this with my family who i know will love it as much as me.The message in this movie perveys a wonderful lesson winning a copy would be a blessin.

  5. I keep meaning to watch this, it looks so beautiful! Definitely rubbish food for movie nights :)

  6. Haha my cheeky little monkeys would love it .
    I need a wizard to mute the noise that comes from rambunctious little boys fighting over lego and one to magically pick it all up.


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