A step forward from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great and Powerful is able to mix beautiful cinematography with a well-constructed story and well-developed characters. Where Alice failed, Oz comes on strong and is an example of what Disney should continue to do if the company decides to continually remake the classic tales.
Oz (James Franco), while a manipulative man, is easily likable as the story moves forward. He’s a bumbling con artist of a man, but his kind smile and naïve ways make him an amicable hero. Joined on his adventure through Oz by Glinda (Michelle Williams), Oz is able to take back the land, which is rightfully Glinda’s.
Mixing female villains and heroines, Oz: the Great and Powerful proves that female characters are just as important as the male ones, even if the hero of the piece is a male. Glinda, a secondary character to Oz, is able to steal the spotlight when she goes up against one of the Wicked Witches, proving that even alone she is just as great and powerful as Oz, not needing him to be by her side for her to come to the aid of her beloved city.
This film serves to help propel Disney in the right direction, arguably a somewhat feminist revision of a classic that will serve as an example for other Disney films to come. [subscribe2]