Oz the Great and Powerful
Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi and based on L. Frank Baum's Oz novels and set 20 years before the events of the original novel and the first movie. The film stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, with Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, and Tony Cox.
When shady circus magician, Oscar Diggs is hurled away from Kansas into the wonderful land of Oz, he thinks that fame and fortune are his for the taking. However, three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, remain unconvinced that Oscar is the great wizard that the inhabitants of Oz need and expect. Reluctantly drawn into Oz's epic problems, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late.
Why It Rocks
- James Franco plays a decent performance as Oscar Diggs.
- Beautiful visuals and well-rendered CGI of the land of Oz and the creatures.
- Likable and entertaining characters, like Oscar, Glinda, Finley and China Girl.
- The film uses that traditional aspect from the first film where is starts in black & white and fullscreen and when we get to Oz, the film changes to color and widescreen.
- Some wonderful and emotional moments, like where Oscar glues China Girl's legs back together and another scene where the characters ride in Glinda's bubbles to her kingdom.
- Excellent soundtrack.
- Top-notched acting.
- There are somewhat clever cameos of the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow.
- Mila Kunis was badly casted as the Wicked Witch of the West.
- The film builds up the "Liar Revealed" cliche, making the story predictable.
- In some terms, the CGI feels cartoonish and unconvincing.
- Oscar would sometimes become unlikable throughout the film.
- The story can feel too similar to Army of Darkness.