When small-time magician Oscar Diggs pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizardand just maybe into a better man as well.
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizardand just maybe into a better man as well. less
“Oz: The Great and Powerful is visually marvellous with stunning 3D and an entertaining fantasy adventure despite a bland story. One time watch.”
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A prequel of sorts to 1939's 'Wizard of Oz', Sam Riami's 'Oz the Great and Powerful' tells the story of how Oz became the great wizard. It's a handsomely mounted production with the most picturesque of vistas recalling the Lord of the Rings films. It has enough whimsical elements that add a bit of Monty Python by the way of Alice in Wonderland, this unfortunately renders the film to be forever in comparison mode to other productions that have come before it. The final product is by no means bad but far too derivative to stand on its own merit.
Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a dour and unpopular magician who's perennially rude and in trouble with everyone around him. Fate and a tornado brings him to a magical land where he over a period of time becomes the hope to fight against evil. Three witches rule the roost, Glinda the Good (Michelle Williams), Evanora the Enchantress (Rachel Weisz) and her little sister Theodora (Mila Kunis). Being set in the time before 'The Wizard of Oz' there are plenty of origin stories and appearances and by the time the credits roll, almost everyone and everything has been mentioned at least once.
Plenty of 'Wizard of Oz' references are modified slightly since the makers don't have the rights to play around officially with the original. That doesn't stop the Lion, the flying monkeys and other from showing up though.
The pace is lively the imagery astounding in places, plus the 3D actually accentuates the happenings onscreen. The effects too are as good as they get and Raimi's trademark dark humour shows up in the most unexpected of manner. What's missing however is a story that is, for the lack of a better word, enchanting.
Oz will be enjoyed by a younger audience but it'll probably never reach the iconic heights of 'The Wizard of Oz', still worth a watch on the big screen for the amazing scenery.