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It says an awful lot about today’s cinema-going audiences that when Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy- three of the highest-grossing films of the 2000s, has a new, family-oriented film out, his name isn’t even on the poster! Instead is the sentence- ‘From the creators of Alice in Wonderland’. Firstly, Lewis Carroll created Alice, not Disney, Secondly, as you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I despise Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation of Carroll’s book. It is cliché-ridden, boring, ugly, unfunny and completely studio-controlled. Therefore, I was worried that this new prequel to The Wizard of Oz would fall into the same hole.

I am delighted to report that this is not the case. Oz takes everything that was wrong with Alice and makes it OK. For example, the cute little creatures that appear for two minutes and then become irrelevant are actually cute and fun to watch…

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