Oz: The Great and Powerful
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Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)

Oz: The Great and Powerful
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Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus illusionist and con-artist, is whisked from Kansas to the Land of Oz where the inhabitants assume he's the great wizard of prophecy, there to save Oz from the clutches of evil.

Release Date:March 7, 2013
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MPAA Rating:PG
Genres:Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Production Company:Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Sam Raimi, Daniel Erickson
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Plot Keywords:circus, witch, magic, hope, illusion, magician, lost, magic trick, wizard, 3d
  • Though inconsistent Oz The Great And Powerful is still a funny and visually dazzling fantasy adventure.
    March 18, 2013
    Since Oz The Great And Powerful is a big budget special-effects film by Walt Disney Pictures it's been advertised for a long time. The trailer made me interested, and I was looking forward to watching the film. In the interviews director Sam Raimi and the cast mentioned that the film was made with 3D cameras. The 3D is used very well, but it's also clear from the beginning that a lot of effort was put into making the film look dazzling. The computer-generated imagery is very impressive. Not everything looks perfect but the CGI characters look almost realistic. Of note is the little China Girl voiced well by Joey King, the girl who played a young Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The China Girl is a visual wonder and one of the most interesting characters. The whole cast is solid. James Franco, playing Oscar "Oz" Diggs, smiles a bit too many times but he's charming and compassionate in the role. Rachel Weisz as Evanora is beautiful and cunning while Mila Kunis sure can cackle in her striking costume as Theodora. Michelle Williams was a good choice to play Glinda because she comes off as well-meaning, knowing and sincere. Although well cast the film still suffers because there a a bit too many characters. It would have been better if there were two witches instead of three. The script, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner, should have been better too. American author L. Frank Baum wrote thirteen novel sequels after The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, so it shouldn't have been a problem to pick material from the rich mythology that he created. Raimi plays it safe by making the film similar to Victor Fleming's great The Wizard Of Oz (1939). The film's opening sequence is presented in black-and-white, transitioning into color when the protagonist arrives in Oz. But Raimi is an excellent director so there's no shortage of spectacle. Danny Elfman composed a forgettable score, but at least Mariah Carey's song Almost Home is a return to form for the singer-songwriter. Despite its shortcomings Oz The Great And Powerful is still a wondrous entertaining fantasy adventure that adults and especially children will enjoy. I recommend it.