As March break drew to a close yesterday, we took the children to to see Oz the Great and Powerful.
Written up in the cinema guide as the film for anyone who had ever wondered what life was like in Oz before Dorothy landed, I really needed no further encouragement to book tickets. I absolutely adore the original Wizard of Oz film and have watched it more times than I care to admit, so of course I wanted to know what happened before Dorothy. As I snuggled down in my seat clutching my bag of Maltesers I actually think I was probably more excited to be seeing the film than my children.
The film has received very mixed reviews from critics and film buffs, but quite frankly I thought they were wrong. I was bewitched by the story and even my fidgety 7 year old sat still throughout.
There was one thing missing of course – where were the Ruby Slippers? I only gave up hope of seeing them as the final credits rolled.
Although the fantastic portrayal by Michelle Williams of Glinda the Good Witch spinning through the sky in her rainbow bubble went a long way to compensating for this small omission by the director.
All done, I loved it.