Oz the Great and Powerful

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi (2013)

125min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 Wicked.

Summary

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

Oscar Diggs James Franco
Theodora Mila Kunis
Evanora Rachel Weisz
Annie / Glinda Michelle Williams
Frank / Finley Zach Braff
Girl in wheelchair / China Girl Joey King
May Abigail Spencer
Nikko Martin Klebba
Skeptic / Tinker Ted Raimi
Master Tinker Bill Cobbs
Knuck Tony Cox
Winkie gate keeper Bruce Campbell
Director Sam Raimi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Mar 2013
Drama Children's