I went to Madera Cinema on Tuesday to see the film “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Like many girls, I grew up loving the classic movie and reading every Oz book in the Madera County Library.
The latest installment in the Oz saga is a colorful extravaganza filled with computer-animated graphics. The bright red butterflies were my personal favorite by far. There are so many wondrous creatures from both the animal and plant kingdoms. We also get to meet the people from the four countries that surround the Emerald City. In addition to the Munchkins, we meet the citizens from Qualdling, Gillikin and Winkie countries.
The story is a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” movie most people know. Disney has told the story of how the circus magician Oscar Diggs came to be the wizard when he arrived from Kansas by hot-air balloon. There are three witches in the story, but who is good and who is evil isn’t immediately apparent.
Much like the 1939 classic the new movie begins in black and white. The color comes when Diggs lands in Oz. To say more would spoil the tale. Mere words are inadequate to paint the canvas of this cinematic wonder...