Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Kansas View of OZ
Before I continue, you should note that there will be references to details of this movie, so you've been officially forewarned to not continue down this yellow brick road as spoilers will be revealed and possibly a wicked witch or two. That being said, I must admit my initial concern prior to seeing this film was, "will this version respect the integrity of the original enough to show Kansas or any Kansas references in black and white?" So I was very relieved to discover that Kansas from year 1905 is still a black and white experience.
Overall, it was a fun flick that the entire family can enjoy. Okay, so maybe a scene or two that involve flying evil primates and a wicked witch might briefly scare the gingham right outta your youngest members of the family, but I think it's still worth the walk down the yellow brick road. On a personal note I must add, that we have carried on our Kansas love of The Wizard of Oz by regularly giving my young niece (who lives in Portland, Oregon) Wizard of Oz themed gifts. I guess our Oz influence has taken effect as she even dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween once, to our delight. With OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, a whole new generation can be introduced to the creative wonders of L.Frank Baum's adventures in Oz. (By the way, there are a few references to L. Frank Baum's namesake in the movie if you look for them.)