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Oz the Great and Powerful

  • Action
  • Family
  • 2013
  • Sam Raimi
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy prequel to The Wizard of Oz, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. After being caught in a terrifying tornado, travelling magician Oscar Diggs finds himself in a fantastical land where his dodgy carnival con-tricks convince the inhabitants that he is a powerful wizard. He also becomes involved in a power struggle between three witches that has devastating consequences for everyone in the land.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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 this and more is skilfully answered in director Sam Raimi's vibrantly colourful flight of fairy-tale fantasy. It opens with a delightful monochrome prologue that sees Diggs (an engaging James Franco) whisked from Kansas to Oz by tornado, where he gains some unusual travelling companions, including a flying monkey and china girl. 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.

Credits

Cast

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Oscar DiggsJames Franco
TheodoraMila Kunis
EvanoraRachel Weisz
Annie / GlindaMichelle Williams
Frank / FinleyZach Braff
Girl in wheelchair / China GirlJoey King
MayAbigail Spencer
NikkoMartin Klebba
Skeptic / TinkerTed Raimi
Master TinkerBill Cobbs
KnuckTony Cox
Winkie gate keeperBruce Campbell

Crew

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DirectorSam Raimi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2013-03-08
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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