Oz the Great and Powerful is a Disney movie, and it’s probably aimed at children. I am no longer a child, though I like to think I still retain some endearing child-like qualities within me, and there are a great many Disney films I still enjoy immensely, so while I’m not the target audience for the film and I’m sure some of my criticisms might not be ones to draw the merit of the target audience, I believe they still have merit. Especially once you consider the audience of this blog is probably not as young as they might have once been (but who is?).
(This is a Things I Like post, it’s not a review, but more a discussion of the show and of ideas that have risen in my mind as I’ve watched it. There will be some spoilers in this post.)
The movie is beautiful, there is no denying it, the computer graphics as the Wizard is taken from Kansas to the land of Oz not only show you the wonder that he must be experiencing, but let you share in the sense of wonder at this vivid world as well. This sensation is heightened by the fact we move from seeing the movie in sepia tones, as if it were filmed back when there were only black-and-white films, when covering Kansas, to full colour when the wizard lands in Oz. The filming quality in Kansas feels a tad cheap, tackish even, but that fits the theme of the ranshackle traveling circus quite well, so I can’t really complain about it.