Oz the Great and Powerful opens this weekend. If you have kids and are wondering if they are mature enough to see it, I’ve got some feedback. You can read my content guide for parents over at Babble.com. I had a chance to see a screening with Jafta, and I also got to attend a press conference with the cast. It was fun hearing them talk about the process and the behind-the-scenes aspects of making such a fantastical movie. For example: while Zac Braff’s character is done in CGI, he was actually on set every day, standing just out of the scene to deliver his lines. Also, the female leads had to do some of their scenes while suspended from wires. I was interested to hear Zac Braff’s take on remaking a classic film that nearly everyone is familiar with:
“It was a way to go back and re-visit that world without the pressure, necessarily, (or the audacity, I should say) of trying to remake what for a lot of people is so sacred. And like everyone, I grew up on it and loved it. And I remember particularly liking the physical comedy and the way that the characters moved. That was-you know, as a kid, so in-intoxicating and fun.”
Producer Joe Roth also commented on the casting of the movie:
“I wanted to make sure that we had a cast that would stand the test of time. When watch this on our wrist watches or however it is,that we watch movies twenty years from now, it’ll be not just the all-star cast from 2013, but a cast of,actors who have gone on to further greatness.”
Personally, I really enjoyed the movie. I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It was a great story and really just beautiful to watch – like walking into a fairy tale. You can read my full review here, but I think it will be a fun family experience for mature kids.