The much anticipated movie of the year is finally here! Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. I was lucky enough to see this movie twice. I’ve already been gushing over the incredible costumes for the movie OZ , but now I finally get to tell you how much I truly enjoyed this film and give you my thoughts on if this movie is too scary for kids.
But first, I loved it, loved it, loved it. This is the story of how the Wizard, played by James Franco first came to the land of Oz. Although the emphasis of the movie is about the wizard of Oz, it’s also the story of the three very distinct witches. Glinda, played by Micheele Williams, Theodora played by Mila Kunia and Elenora played by Rachel Weisz. The three witches are very colorful characters each with their own distinct personalities and powers. You’ll also be introduced to two new characters, China Girl and Finnley. Both of them bring humor into the movie and become Oz’s little band of misfits.
Is this movie too scary for kids?
What every parent is asking is if this movie is too scary for kids? It’s not a scary movie. The first hour and a half is very entertaining, funny and magical. The core message is believing in yourself and not just believing in your self, but surrounding yourself with people that believe in you too. I think this movie is a MUST SEE. However, I would not suggest this for little kids. The last 30 minutes is rather intense, very loud and has some jump in your seat moments. Remember the flying monkeys in the original? Well, imagine those monkeys on CGI steroids!
The first time I saw it I was with my husband, no kids. So, I took my daughter who is 8 and very mature to test my theory. She jumped in her seat 3 times and even covered her eyes once. When I asked her if it was scary, she said embarrassingly “A little, but I was really only afraid of the monkeys”.
I would not take my son who is 6 to this movie for he scares easily. My instincts after seeing it the first time and then again with my daughter remain the same.
Good for Age: 7/8+
Savvy Sassy Suggests: Make it a date night with your husband and screen it before taking the kids. You’ll like it so much you’ll want to see it again anyways!
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