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How did charlatan magician Oscar Diggs end up as the Wizard in the Land of Oz? And what caused the Wicked Witch of the West to become so evil? All that and more is skilfully answered in director Sam Raimi's vibrantly colourful flight of fairy-tale fantasy. Following the established yellow brick road pattern, it sees the engaging James Franco whisked from Kansas to Oz by tornado (this monochrome prologue being a particular highlight), where he gains some unusual travelling companions (a flying monkey and china girl, voiced by Zach Braff and Joey King, respectively), while Munchkins regularly burst into song. The film tries hard to be an original adventure as well as paying tribute to
The Wizard of Oz
, but it lacks the emotional resonance of the 1939 Judy Garland classic. The thin plot simply fills in the back stories of L Frank Baum's much-loved characters, including Glinda (a saccharine Michelle Williams), as well as providing links to key events to follow. It's good-looking and fun to watch, but it's certainly no
An amoral circus illusionist is transported to a magical land, where he is mistaken for a powerful wizard prophesied to fall from the sky and save the realm from evil. His attempt to take advantage of the situation leads him into a dangerous quest involving three powerful witches. Fantasy adventure prequel to The Wizard of Oz, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.
Cast & Crew
Annie / Glinda
Frank / Finley
Girl in wheelchair / China Girl
Skeptic / Tinker
Winkie gate keeper
DVD and Blu-ray
8 Mar 2013
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