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OZ The Great and Powerful

Posted by Lee A. Farruga on March 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

When Disney invited me to review Oz The Great and Powerful I was simply happy to attend what I thought would be a colourful prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz.  I most certainly did not expect the amount of steampunk to be found in this movie.

The opening credits set the tone. They are wonderfully done in a fantastic dreamy carnival style. Oscar Diggs (the future wizard) works in a small traveling carnival in 1905. Kansas is black and white like in the 1939 Wizard of Oz. It is also dressed in the period, and the gadgets and costumes are basic and to be expected.

Once he enters Oz, everything changes. I felt like I had gone back to my childhood and Technicolor. The colour, the characters, the creatures, everything were bold and quite outrageous.

Outrageous in a good way.  Take a look at a few of the amazing costumes introduced throughout Oz. 

Behind the scenes look at a lady's costume

Everything is based on fantastical, colourful versions of Victorian and Edwardian styles. There is a huge amount of fodder for future costumes here. I want to see people do some of the crazy hairstyles from the movie. So much fun!

There is also a village of teapots, cups and saucers. This is where we are introduced to one of my favourite characters - China Girl. She is amazing. From her well done child's attitude, to the 'tink' sound when she walks and other little noises you would hear from a moving china doll. Very well done!

Then there are the gadgets!  The wizard's hero is the Wizard of Menlo Park himself - Thomas Edison.  The illusions that Oscar Diggs (Oz) creates are not magical, but mechanical. In the land of Oz he gets help from the amazing Tinkers to create his masterpiece.

I had a heck of a time trying to find a picture of the Tinkers and/or their gadgets. It was impossible, so you'll have to trust me on this one.  For those who have already seen the movie, I would love to hear your comments on the Tinkers, the goggles (yes, there are goggles) and the gadgets.  Here is the only photo I could find showing some of the machinery. Ignore the couple in front and check out the lovely piece of work behind them.

Oz The Great and Powerful is worth seeing for the effects, costumes and Tinkers alone.  Well worth a steampunk group excursion.  Enjoy!

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