1. The Magic
A movie set in the Land of Oz that boasts three witches and a “wizard” practically demands there be magic aplenty — and it doesn’t disappoint. Among the spectacular displays of elemental conjury are fireballs, billowing fog, transport bubbles, and emerald lightening!
2. China Girl
This pint-sized porcelain doll’s story could shatter hearts across the land. China Girl (voiced by Joey King) is literally from a broken home — her teapot village was destroyed by the witch’s horde of flying baboons — and is left orphaned and severely chipped. With the wizard’s help (also known as glue), China Girl gets back on her feet. And what she lacks in size, she makes up for with unbreakable spirit, sass, and courage. I’ve got a tinkling the endearing underdoll stole the show for many viewers.
3. James Franco’s immaculate facial hair
For me, the once travelling circus magician/conman, Oscar “Oz” Diggs’s greatest feat may have been his wonderfully manicured wizardly whiskers (also note there were, thankfully, no PopTart crumbs in the corners of his mouth for the entire film).
4. Theodora’s Tears
Probably one of the most subtle, yet in-your-face moments of the film, is a scene where broken-hearted Theodora (played by Mila Kunis) begins to weep. Her tears sizzle the skin beneath her eyes leaving wisps of smoke and deep welts — not a far cry for what’s to come.
5. The Wicked Witch of the West
There was something fantastically unsettling about Oz The Great and Powerful’s Wicked Witch of the West; maybe it’s because we don’t see her in battle mode in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, but I truly think it’s because the audience sees her transformation and understands, nay, empathizes with the events that led to her becoming so green.
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