'Oz' is pretty powerful


It all seems pretty straight forward, doesn’t it? Dorothy lives in Kansas, a tornado sweeps through her town and picks up anything in its path, whisking it off to who-knows-where.

Dorothy happens to be one of those unfortunate souls that didn’t take cover and as a result, she finds herself whisked away and in a strange land — or so she thinks.

But just when you think you know everything about “The Wizard of Oz,” Disney makes a new movie that gives you some back story to the popular tale.

“Oz, the Great and Powerful” shows the viewer how it all started at a carnival in Kansas. It seems that there’s way more to the wizard of Oz than meets the eye. He wasn’t always so high and mighty. In fact, he had a very humble — and one might say shady — beginning.

Like Dorothy, his trip to Oz was completely accidental, but that didn’t stop him from capitalizing on an opportunity, even if it meant being deceitful. I don’t want to give too much of the movie away for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say that the story is fascinating, especially if you enjoyed “The Wizard of Oz.”

Not only does “Oz the Great and Powerful” provide the viewer with an explanation of how the wizard, aka Oscar Diggs, became the Wizard of Oz, but it also tells how the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West got so mean. In fact, viewers might be surprised to learn that one of the witches was actually a nice person at one time.

Glinda the Good is also in this movie and so are the munchkins. Missing, however, is Dorothy, as she is not yet part of the story. And despite the fact that Dorothy isn’t there with her little dog Toto, the flick is no less entertaining. This is definitely a must-see for “The Wizard of Oz” fans.

James Franco did an excellent job as Oscar Diggs and believe it or not, Mila Kunis is pretty good at portraying a wicked witch. If you get the chance to see it in 3D, do so. Disney really outdid themselves with this one.