Michelle Williams as Glinda
“OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL” ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Our journey began on the North bound 5 freeway on our way to El Capitan, as it began to rain we were sure we were already entering OZ the Great and Powerful. A few short hours later, we parked and grabbed our VIP tickets from will call and found our way to our seats, past all the families entering to find a magical place.
“Oz the Great and Wonderful” is based on the original L. Frank Baum books (not the 1939 Judy Garland classic), is 3D, rated PG (parental guidance suggested; meaning some material may not be suitable for children) and is about 2 hours and 20 minutes long. Apparently the PG rating didn’t stop parents from bringing their 3 – 10 year olds to this laste, school night showing.
The public premier started with the host of Disney Radio show Jake Whetter hosting a trivia game with prizes. The parents were yelling out the answers in competition with one another for prizes including tickets to Disneyland, stickers and gift packs. A kind gentleman in front of us won and graciously gave his gift pack prize to the little girl sitting next to him with a giant witch hat on. Melt-my-heart!
Next, Jake introduced the voice of the Sidekick Monkey “Zach Braff” who entertained the crowd with jokes and then brought in the one and only ,“Great and Powerful Oz”, James Franco. The two indulged the audience for about 30 seconds before one woman in the audience broke through security and grabbed James on stage. Needless to say, she was then quickly removed.
The fabulous Jake came back to introduce a magician that entertained the crowd with various magic tricks including sawing a woman in half, hankies appearing out of nowhere, a bunny out of a hat, and well you get the point. He was getting the audience in the mood for their magical trip to Oz and it was working!
The overall plot of “Oz The Great And Powerful” is that the evil witch kills the former wizard, and all the people of Oz are told through a prophecy that a new great wizard will come to save them.
The trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, were the best part of the film as they make very bewitching witches. The Wicked Witch of the West (Mila) is a love-crazy dimwit defined entirely by her relationship with none other than Oscar. Her sister, Evanora (Rachel), is totally helpless despite Oscar’s trickery. Then there is Glinda (Michelle), who spends more time stroking his ego when she should be trying to save the people of Oz.
In the end they show that the peaceful and good people of Oz can fight a non-violent war with good ol’magic.
The El Capitan engagement of “Oz The Great and Powerful” is through April 30. For the first three weeks of the engagement – through March 31 – audiences will get to experience Disney “Mysteries of Magic” at every show with award-winning magician Greg Wilson performing traditional magic of all kinds live on the El Capitan stage. Guests also get to see an exclusive display of costumes from the movie! Buy your tickets online at www.elcapitantickets.com.
Coverage brought to you by Surf and Sunshine Guest Journalist Christina Selter. You can usually find her wearing sexy shoes and driving fast cars at HerHighway.com. Thank you to Disney and El Capitan Theater for providing press access to this event. All opinions are original.