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Plot: Oscar Diggs (<a href="/name/nm0290556/">James Franco</a>), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (<a href="/name/nm0005109/">Mila Kunis</a>), Evanora (<a href="/name/nm0001838/">Rachel Weisz</a>), and Glinda (<a href="/name/nm0931329/">Michelle Williams</a>), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Runtime: 130 mins Release Date: 07 Mar 2013
Amazing movie, Funny, Inspiring, and Fun. (by graydevelopment)
I don't normally write reviews, however I feel compelled to write something about this movie. I have seen some negative publicity about this movie and noticed that there was some low scores in the voting. I have to say respectfully to these people, you're being stupid. The movie was almost perfect for what it was intended to be, a family movie about a magical place. There were in fairness some mistakes made in the plot concerning the relationships between the main characters, but they were more creative differences I would have and not full blown errors. Beyond that the movie was <more>
brilliant and was in a most pleasant and surprising way funny and I mean funny. The movie was a credit to the legend of L Frank Baum and the legend of The Wizard of Oz. I don't think this movie has any hope of the kind of success The Wizard of Oz had, but It was far above and beyond the typical garbage being manufactured in Hollywood these days. I say get the girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, mom, dad, or whoever and go see it, you will have fun and have some laughs as well. Thank You for reading my review and God Bless.
Oz the Great and Powerful is why we go to the movies and why films are made. (by info-565-374664)
Oz the Great and Powerful is why we go to the movies and why films are made. With this imaginative spiritual prequel to L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz, prolific and profound filmmaker Sam Raimi has not only created one of the greatest films of all time, but humbly celebrates the true genius of the greatest wizard of all time: Thomas Alva Edison, The Wizard of Menlo Park. Credited as the fourth most prolific inventor in history, Edison has developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the <more>
phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Edison's famous saying: "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration," manifests itself gloriously in Raimi's masterwork. Just as Edidon spinned his wizardry, Raimi conjures up his own enchantment to deliver a sumptuous feast that tells a great story in an entertaining and spectacular way, truly unlike anything you could have ever imagined, and one that would have ignited the inspiration of Edison and Baum and like-minded visionaries. Ironically, just as Edison became a telegraph operator after he saved a three-year-old boy from being struck by a runaway train, so is our ordinary small-time circus magician with dubious ethics in Oz The Great and Powerful hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz where he becomes empowered after saving lives. Oz the Great and Powerful is ultimately about on ordinary, flawed con-artist who shows those who believes in him that he might not be the Wizard they expected, but is indeed the Wizard they need. From the opening scene where Raimi skillfully presents the film in black-and-white and transitions into color when the protagonist arrives in Oz, akin to the 1939 film, also changing aspect ratio from 4:3 Academy ratio to 16:9 widescreen , the spellbinding adventure snowballs into an unforgettable climax that you will never forget. What makes Oz The Great and Powerful the masterwork it is, is that Raimi and his exceptional creative team opted to film the majority of the film for real, mounting the entire production on seven sound stages at the 675,000 square foot sound stage facility in Pontiac, Michigan. And, like any great genius, Raimi is a sincere and honest storymaker who teamed up with the greatest wizards in the film industry to help bring the enchanting Land of Oz to life, Raimi assembled his own band of technical wizards and movie magicians, bring Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire's imaginative screenplay to life. The combination of the artistry of the creative team is out of this world, bringing to life a vibrant world that explodes with unbelievable designs, powerfully underscored by Danny Elfman's soaring score. There is so much detail in the loaded design that you will definitely have to see it again to be able to take it all in: when Oscar and Theodora walk down the yellow brick road flanked by fields of sunflowers, it is amazing how each one of the sunflowers turns to greet them. Raimi's casting is equally exceptional: James Franco shines as the predestined Wizard; Mila Kunis Black Swan is superb as the tormented young witch Theodora; Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener delivers another great performance as Theodora's older sister, Evanora, the witch who rules over the Emerald City; and Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn is sensational as Glinda, the Good Witch. The film would not be the same with Zach Braff Scrubs, Garden State who plays Franco's circus assistant, and also lends his vocal talents to one of the exquisite CGI creatures in the story—Finley, the winged monkey who accompanies the magician on his journey through Oz, serving as his sounding board and the magician's conscience. Then there's 13-year-old actress Joey King Ramona and Beezus , who plays a girl in a wheelchair at the circus and voices another unforgettable CGI character in the story, China Girl, the porcelain child who also joins the future Wizard on his fateful excursion through Oz. Oz the Great and Powerful has everything in entertainment you can wish for and much, much more. When you leave the cinema you have to adjust your eyesight as the vibrant colours that embrace the visual onslaught bleed away. Oz The Great and Powerful affirms the power of storytelling and the artistry of filmmakers whose passion results in gripping and tense escapism that is filled with awe and emotion, not forgetting a delicious sense of humour. You will undoubtedly be swept away to the land of Oz and at the end of the journey not only see the world differently, but have a different understanding of why the story has captured the imagination of the world for more than a century. It is not only a story about magic, witches and strange creatures, but a human story. Oz The Great and Powerful shows that ordinary people can achieve greatness and that you don't need to have real magical powers to become a great leader or become the king of your own universe. All you need is to believe in yourself and do things for the right reason and like our unlikely hero in Oz, you will find something that money and power cannot give you, true love and absolute friendship. Healing begins with small, unseen miracles. When Oz hands gives his flying a monkey a gift at the end of Oz the Great and Powerful, an audible emotional reaction rippled through the audience. If a film can make you believe in porcelain dolls and flying monkeys then the true power of film will always triumph, striving to give audiences meaningful and rewarding escapism that fosters hope and understanding and make the world a better and more colourful place. Oz The Great and Powerful is a film that will delight all ages for many years to come. It is a wonderful ride that soars on the wings of imagination.
An Outstanding rendition of an old tale. An Instant Classic! (by voltec-624-155395)
I have to say that I am a fan of the story. I saw The Wizard of Oz many times in my life and saw Wicked in the theater. That being said, I feel that this will become an instant classic - it really is that good!My family got lucky and got to see a preview of the film last night. Got there over an hour before it started and was one of the last to get in... whew! Didn't think that many would show up that early... lol In either case we are SO very happy that we went! Disney did an excellent job in taking the original story and backing it up many years it begins in 1905, which if you take <more>
The Wizard of Oz showed, this would have been 34 years earlier . Without going into detail, I feel that it was very well acted - especially 'Oz', Glinda, Elanora, Theodora and even many of the 'smaller parts', the voices of animated characters, Finley, the China Girl and more. I also feel it was well written, making it very easy to really care about the characters as they develop during the show.If you even mildly enjoyed The Wizard of Oz, you REALLY want to go see this movie, trust me on this. I have never felt 2+ hours pass so quickly, making me wonder if the running time was wrong. I forgot my watch and had to leave my cell phone in my car for the preview . As we left and I checked the time, the running time was accurate of course . The story was so engaging that I just lost track of the time.We brought our son and his friend and after watching the film both of them now want to watch the original film again. Yep, 2 'tweens' now want to watch a film created over 70 years ago. Great job Disney!
Not a Great Movie, but Still a Good Movie (by MrSosotris)
I went into this film prepared to be disappointed. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland felt a bit lifeless to me except for Johnny Depp's Hatter and I couldn't help but compare this movie to that one in my head. So, I went and saw this one with reservations.I'm a huge Oz fan. I love the original books. I love the movie. I love Wicked book and musical , Tin Man, Return to Oz, The Wiz the musical more than the movie , and even Geoff Ryman's oh-so-depressing novel Was. There's no such thing as an "official" version of the story anymore, so I don't mind a <more>
little pastiche here and there. After all, Baum's Witch was short, wore an eye patch and a very tall hat, and brandished an umbrella, but Margaret Hamilton effectively erased that version in favor of the glorious green-skinned villain we all know and love. So talk of "the real version of the story" is pretty much moot at this point.This movie didn't disappoint me at all. Yes, it had some issues, but I didn't really mind overall. I left the theater with a big goofy grin and I'll probably go see it again. It was an enjoyable romp through a gorgeous landscape with enough insider references to merit multiple viewings. It rarely takes itself too seriously, and never tries to step on the toes of any other version of the story. There are references to events in the books which, before now, have never made it into any other adaptations such as the China Girl , as well as many familiar visual cues from the 1939 film the guard's outfits, the spiral where one fork of the Yellow Brick Road begins, and even a shot of the Kansas horizon with a scraggly grasping tree seem comfortably familiar . There was even a visual cue that, while it may not have been taken from this source, certainly suggested a character from Tin Man. I felt that Mila Kunis came across as a bit flat. Her character arc seems too forced and we don't really get to see much progression. I didn't mind James Franco, to be completely honest. He was appropriately sleazy when he needed to be and charming in a goofy way when needed. I think he could have invested his character with a bit more depth, but it never really turned me off his character at all. Superficiality is a huge part of his character, and I thought it worked, overall. The side characters were a delight, with some of the best comedic lines coming from Oz's traveling companions. And, of course, Rachel Weisz steals the show with a delicious performance, embodying a great number of classic villains from Snow White's Evil Queen to Star Wars' Emperor Palpatine.Visually, the film is a delight. Sam Raimi turns Oz into its own wonderland without it ever seeming predictable or tired. One criticism I had with Burton's Alice was that it didn't really give the audience a chance to luxuriate in the bizarre landscapes of Underland all that much. It had great character design, but the landscape seemed a bit low- key. Raimi, on the other hand, gives audiences exactly what they're looking for. Gems, flowers, waterfalls, mountains, rock formations, sunsets, etc. that are completely breathtaking. Not only that, but the CGI is crisp and clean.Danny Elfman's score was...OK. One thing I've noticed with him lately is that almost everything he does now sounds less and less unique. We've got the requisite haunting waltz and the spectacular pounding swirling opening credits theme, but other than that, I found almost everything to be a bit forgettable, which is sad because Elfman is one of my favorite film composers. The music isn't bad, but it just doesn't add as much as it could have. But overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It's a delightful romp through a colorful wilderness that asks nothing more from its audience than a chance to have fun. This isn't a thoughtful, complex Oscar-winner nor is it a gritty realistic fantasy a la Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. It's a kaleidoscopic portrait that seems at once familiar and new. Children will love it though very young children may be scared by a few of the antagonistic creatures adults will enjoy picking out all the loving homages to the books and the 1939 film. It's a fun way to spend an evening, and you won't be disappointed, just don't go in expecting deep, complex high fantasy. If you liked Burton's Alice, you will definitely enjoy this film and you'll probably enjoy it more, if I may so myself .
A yellow brick road worth following if you are able to avoid the huge potholes, which unfortunately is not always avoidable. (by midnighttheater)
Unbalance prequel to the classic "The Wizard of Oz" has a lot to offer thanks to the directorial grace of Sam Raimi and the game performances of both Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Unfortunately, their efforts are almost torpedoed thanks to a bland script that needed a lot more heart and the shocking miscasting of two of its major roles.First we should start with the look of the film, which is to my surprised tame considering the gluttony of CGI in today's films. Sam Raimi gives an old school feel to this film that manages to balance the right tone of epic nostalgia and <more>
childlike intimacy with a hint of Raimi's signature manic style of energy. It is a beautiful film to look at and it is very inviting. The character's looks all represent their personalities and the CGI animated effects for the imaginary characters match the feel and look of the film. From the childlike wonder of China Doll to the scary fanged flying baboon, Raimi manages to let them connect on a visual level with their environment and not for once that they over power the seamless look of the film. It is a beautiful, visual affair and that is all thanks to the grace that Sam Raimi and his ability to let the audiences feel their way around this beautiful world. Unfortunately, while this movie is beautiful to look at, not even Raimi's efforts are enough to cover over the fact that the movie's script is as bland as a stale cracker and some of the performances are just flat out bad. The story lacks punch and its barley passable as a narrative. The character's motives are flimsy at best and a hint of irony and complexity could have added a lot more to the film. It is only through the efforts of the movie's best actors Rachel Weisz and Michele Williams that give this film the fun, irony and complexity that the script does not manage to even give itself. Unfortunately, while Weisz and Williams are bring more than humanly possible to their perspective roles, both James Franco and Mila Kunis look like they rather not be there are all. The bad part is that both Franco and Kunis are so miscast that it makes you question the mentality of the casting agent who though that they were good choices for their roles.This leads me to the acting of this film, which is disjointed to say the least. James Franco has done good work in past films but here he just looks like he just does not care about his fellow actors or his performance. He looks like someone who just wants to cash a check and just cost by on what little he can do. He lacks charisma, charm and presence in the role of Oscar Diggs and the bad part is that he is the movie's lead character. Franco's attitude is well displayed on screen and it hurts the film and you end up wondering on why he was even cast in the first place. The same goes to Mila Kunis, who tries a bit harder than Franco on her performance but ends up almost as bad. She just does not have it in her to pull off the role of Theodora, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West and her performance on screen shows that she is well aware of that. Therefore, she just gives up half way and leaves both Weisz and Williams to fend for themselves. This is not a bad thing when you think about it because both of them manage to hold the film above water while the script just falls flat, Franco continues to not care about anyone but himself and Kunis just does not bother.This leads me to the best parts of the movie, which are the performances of Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, who both should get overtime pay for keeping the film from self-destructing. Both actresses are probably the best we have working today and in this film, it shows. Weisz plays the oldest sister Evanora, who is the villain of the film and let me tell you, she is so much fun that its criminal and her performance is the best of the film. She gives the character of Evanora such a sassy, fun presence that you do not need Kunis to transform into the Wicked Witch of the west to get a charge, because Weisz does more with less and gets the job done. Her performance keeps the movie afloat and the viewer is more than happy to follow her, which is strange because she is the villain of the film and has more charisma and charm that the hero himself. The second best is Michelle Williams who plays Gilda, the good witch and manages to keep her character from going way too far with the sweetness and have a bit of an edge as well. Williams brings humanity to her performance and the film and gives a perfect foil to Weisz's evil Evanora. If Disney had any sense, a sequel or prequel to this film would have just both Weisz and Williams and leave out Franco and Kunis but I seriously doubt it.You should follow this yellow brick road just to see Sam Raimi give his all to this beautiful world and see on how good actors Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams are in their roles but this road has potholes Which are the script and the performances of James Franco and Mila Kunis that cannot be avoided. Let's just hope you have good wheels to go around them to get to the good this film has to offer.
The tale of how the Wizard came to be. (by hbenthow)
For those who don't know and disregarded the spoiler warning anyway "Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 Disney movie, directed by Sam Raimi, which tells the story of carnival magician Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs whose friends call him Oz for short , who, upon fleeing his carnival in a hot-air balloon to escape the strongman husband of one of his illicit lovers, is whisked away by a tornado to a land, which whether by coincidence or design, is also called Oz. There, he embarks upon a grand adventure which leads to him becoming the legendary <more>
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and a better man to boot. I thought James Franco was good in the title role. Could someone else have played the part better? Possibly. But he wasn't anywhere near bad, and it's refreshing to see someone other than Johnny Depp getting the lead role in this type of movie. The role of a conniving carnival magician fits Franco like a glove, and he had just the right balance of smarminess and likability. Mila Kunis was very good as Theodora before and during her transformation, but afterward......not so much. She had the laugh down pat, but her screaming and facial expressions were more awkward than scary. It seems as if the Wicked Witch of the West was somewhat out of her acting range. She was perfect as the naive Theodora, and is most likely good at playing evil characters who are subtly creepy. But as a hyperactive witch who screams every line at the top of her lungs, she seems embarrassingly out her element. Her shouting just isn't very scary. It's like the Wicked Witch equivalent of Christian Bale's Batman voice not in sound, but in effect . Her makeup didn't do her any favors, either. There was some fear that if her makeup was too scary, it would frighten children. So, changes were made to tone down the creepiness. The result looks like nothing more or less than a green Mila Kunis with arched eyebrows. In still pictures, she actually looks impressive. The arched eyebrows and green contact lenses give her a subtle creepiness. But in motion, the eyebrows look stiff and inexpressive, the contact lenses don't make much of an impact one way or the other, and the overall minimalistic approach to the makeup doesn't work nearly as well for the pretty Mila Kunis as it did for crone-like Margaret Hamilton. The makeup also seems to be hindering her facial expressions, as she looks as if she's acting with only her mouth and part of her face near her nose. Fortunately, Rachel Weisz was there to save the day. She portrayed Evanora with the kind of larger than life, deliciously evil zest that you rarely see these days. In fact, I'd so so far as to say that her performance turned Evanora into one of the best villainesses in Disney history. And since Evanora was the main antagonist of the movie, she managed to take a lot of the sting out of the disappointment caused by the lackluster portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West. Interestingly, when Evanora becomes a wrinkled hag at the end, her makeup is very impressive. Why didn't they have the sense to make Mila Kunis' makeup that good? Much of the rest of the cast was great as well. Michelle Williams did Glinda more than justice. She brought the character to life with a wonderfully sincere sweetness, and never came across as sappy. China Girl was a scene-stealer. The effects used to create her were so good that she looked like she was made of real china. Her mannerisms and facial expressions were equally impressive, and the voice acting by Joey King who was also great as the corresponding wheelchair girl character was even better. I was afraid that Finley voiced by Zach Braff would be annoying, but he was actually pretty good. Knuck played by Tony Cox was pretty annoying, though. He was less an actual character than he was shtick manifested in human form. Mercifully, he didn't have much screen time.Director Sam Raimi brought a great sense of style to the movie. From the creative opening titles sequence onward, "Oz The Great and Powerful" is full of stylistic flair, plenty of heart, and just enough brains to make it all come together beautifully.The Technicolor-inspired color palette and production design are eye-popping. While there is indeed a ton of CGI, there were, in total, nearly 30 actual sets built for the movie. This brings a refreshing sense of realness to many scenes. For example, when China Girl begs Oz to let her come along on his witch hunt, the Yellow Brick Road, the stalks of corn, and the wooden sign are all real. Only China Girl, Finley, and the sky are CGI. A few scenes had no CGI whatsoever. And even in the CGI-heavy scenes, the foreground is almost always a practical set. As a result, there aren't any moments where the actors look as if they are confused as to where they are or what is in front of them. They always seem perfectly integrated into the world, because they were rarely ever in an empty blue-screen room.Danny Elfman's score is excellent. From the eerily beautiful theme used for the music box and Theodora's waltz, to the Wizard's fanfare, memorable melodies abound.As a whole, I find "Oz The Great and Powerful" very enjoyable. While the Wicked Witch of the West is disappointing and a few bits of humor come across as annoying, the other elements of the movie more than make up for it. It has a great sense of fun, is sometimes surprisingly touching, and unlike "Alice in Wonderland" 2010 , has a story that, although simple and a bit silly and what Oz story has not been a little silly , works well.
Both lovingly referential and delightfully imaginative, this is a vivid, colourful and enchanting tale of whimsy and wonderment (by moviexclusive)
To attempt a follow-up to a beloved classic such as 'The Wizard of Oz' would seem entirely foolhardy; yet there is sheer magic in Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful', an always engaging, consistently entertaining and utterly bewitching fairy tale fable that elegantly evokes the 1939 classic while being entirely in tune with the sensibilities of modern-day audiences. As clear reverence to that legendary picture, it opens in black-and- white and framed in Academy ratio with the traveling magician Oscar Diggs James Franco at the Baum Family Circus in 1905 Kansas. <more>
It's no secret that Oscar will eventually become the Wizard; all that matters is how he gets there, and what follows is a beautiful journey imagined by screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire of how an ordinary man can become a great man with a good heart and a little bit of faith.As such tales do, this one starts with who Oscar isn't – and that is, an honest and reliable person. No doubt as a magician, Oscar will always have a trick up his sleeve; but Oscar hasn't simply been hoodwinking his audience. Instead, the smooth talker has also been fooling any beautiful lady whom he meets; even as one such lady Michelle Williams hopes to persuade him in his trailer to marry her, the relative of another broken-hearted woman gives furious chase, forcing him to climb into his hot-air balloon for escape.That is the first of many narrative sleight-of-hands in which fans will immediately recall Victor Fleming's original. Here, a giant tornado whisks him right into its eye, where he watches with wide-eyed horror as every manner of debris flies dangerously around him. Once again taking a cue from the original, this sequence is filmed for maximum thrills – especially so with an added dimension – with an exhilarating ride down a gushing waterfall added in for good measure. As Dorothy was in 'The Wizard of Oz', Oscar is greeted by a kind and beautiful witch, Theodora Mila Kunis , who is immediately spellbound by the possibility that he could very well be the great and wonderful wizard that an ancient prophecy had foretold. Those familiar with the tale will recall that Theodora is but one of the witches of Oz; besides her, there is her sister Evanora Rachel Weisz as well as the supposed evil one called Glinda Williams again whom Evanora accuses of murdering her father. The fates of these pivotal witches of Oz is intertwined closely with Oscar's transformation from an opportunistic and self-centred trickster to a revered hero of the people of Oz, and like Dorothy, Oscar is joined on his adventure by two unlikely companions – a flying monkey Zach Braff and an all-porcelain China Girl Joey King . Along the way, fans of both Baum's novels as well as the original will recognise the other cleverly placed narrative sleights – including flying baboons, singing and dancing Munchkins, poisonous-scented poppy fields, and floating magic bubbles. Yet at no point do these plentiful references ever feel slavish; rather, building on a solid foundation from Kapner and Abaire, Raimi creates a visually resplendent world wowing in its lovingly rendered details that feels fresh and original. The effect is, we dare say, just as magical as that audiences in the past were transported on when Fleming's Technicolour visual effects fantasy was first unveiled, and perhaps even more so with the wonder of today's CGI advances put to work.There is of course much more than just visual bombast on display; in fact, Raimi uses these in service of a story that is full of heart and nerve. Cast as an unprepared man whom destiny calls to greatness, the Wizard is a surprisingly poignant character study of a flawed hero who eventually finds it within himself to rise above himself. That change of heart is portrayed in a befittingly heart-stopping climax engineered on illusion and ingenuity, a grand magic show set right in the heart of Emerald City that again brings to mind the revelation at the end of 'The Wizard of Oz' of the Wizard's identity. If there is one blemish to an otherwise outstanding accomplishment, it is James Franco's casting as the Wizard. While he does bring a slippery charm to the Wizard, he lacks the dramatic stature necessary to make the character a more compelling one. Among the three witches, it is Williams and Weisz who steal the show, the former's radiant goodness a perfect complement against the latter's icy malevolence. And though we do not see him after the film's extended prologue, Braff's voice-over for the Wizard's winged companion brings much spirited humour to the proceedings.So like 'The Wizard of Oz', this prequel is good old-fashioned family entertainment. And just because this comes late in Hollywood's recent obsession with fairy tales should not at all deter you from making a beeline for it – because this is hands down the best of them even better than Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' in fact . True to its title, it is great and wonderful, an ageless and timeless fantasy deserved to be enjoyed in history with its forbearer.
For starters, try to forget the 1939 classic when you're watching this. The story deals with events predating Dorothy's arrival to the wonderful land of Oz, and they're very different from the plot events in the musical that has managed to bewitch audiences for the last decades. What we have is a film which contains two marvelous performances by Michelle Williams and Rachael Weisz. James Franco has the thankless role of a man with a dubious character and questionable motives.As Franco arrives in Oz, he discovers he can manipulate some of the welcoming committee; however he is not <more>
aware of the real politics and back stories in the magic family he now confronts. As events evolve, he learns to discover that there is more to his character, but this new knowledge comes with exposure to whimsical characters, interaction with a rather alluring and wise beauty and a realization that he is able to create "magic" of his own in order to save this charming world and his own self.Williams continues to enchant audiences, this time literally with her powerful charm as the "good witch" who must fight the evil sisters and clear her name. She is now in charge of leading the fight, enlist and convince Oscar to lend her support with his particular knowledge/his own special kind of magic. She is a vision, beautiful to see and admire, as she is able to open up the hearts and minds of those around her. She is kind and pure.Weisz is the complete opposite, in a way more than a match for either Glinda or Oscar, and still pretty formidable against both of them. If her own sister wasn't a bit traumatized, they both could be the equivalent of Darth Vader in "Star Wars". Unfortunately, the newly transformed Wicked Witch is underdeveloped and not as fascinating as her thoroughly delicious twisted sister. Weisz gives a classic performance and easily joins classic characters as Darth Vader and Hannibal Lecter in the way she approaches the role, with supreme gusto and showing the audience how far you can take a simple and yet, quite meaty role.One of the biggest assets of this film is its production design, the art direction and special effects. There is a definite tribute to the 1939 film in the way the deco period is revived, but it also boasts its original look, a rich, velvety and luxurious recreation of sets that remind of cinema's golden era. The leads all look amazing, and the 3D technology enhances the magic of the story.It's not a perfect film, but it has enough merits of its own, and one hopes there is a sequel so they can improve on a very good effort, and we can continue enjoying the mythology of the wonderful world of Oz.
Visual masterpiece and right in step with original (by dfranzen70)
Oz the Great and Powerful managed to pull of a trick I didn't think possible - it continued the spirit of its legendary predecessor. It's a flight of fancy marked with darkness and tense, scary situations. It's glorious to watch for the visual effects alone, and director Sam Raimi makes great use of 3D for a change . The story is as straightforward as it was in 1939, and the characters, although not quite as beloved, are a memorable lot.It's Kansas, 1905, and Oz the Magician works with a traveling circus. He's not the best at his craft, but he makes do. Then a tornado <more>
arrives, he jumps into a hot air balloon, and off he goes, hither and yon, thither and whither, arriving in a very odd place. He's met at a river's bank by a beautiful young lady, Theodora Mila Kunis , who soon discloses she's a witch. But apparently not a bad one. Theodora explains that it has been prophesied that a great wizard from a far-off land will arrive and restore the Land of Oz to prosperity, following the death of the king, who, she says, was poisoned by his own daughter, the Wicked Witch.Now, Oz is no wizard. He knows this, but man is that Theodora fetching, so he goes along with it. Then he gets to the palace, where - should he break the Wicked Witch's wand and thus kill her - he'll sit as king of Oz, and he's awed, even more so by the immense riches in the palace's basement. So he happily agrees to undertake the quest, accompanied only by a talking, flying monkey Zach Braff .The visual effects are stunning. I'm definitely not a fan of 3D, but here Raimi makes ample and appropriate use of the medium. One of Avatar's good points was the feeling of immersion, that objects were floating toward you, not a feeling of depth, with objects in the distance seen as if they were truly in front of you. In Oz the Great and Powerful, 3D is not abused. It pops up when it should, when it makes sense, and that's all you can ask from it. Yes, the movie has munchkins - happily, none committed suicide during filming - and a Horse of a Different Color, if you look closely; mostly, it's a backstory to both our favorite Wicked Witch and Oz himself. It's premise is simple - Oz, a generally selfish con man with a tint of greed to his pallor, finds himself in a situation where he must choose to aid those in need. Or not. He is no wizard, yes, but he is a magician and does possess some, er, tricks up his sleeve. It is possible he is the man the witches are looking for.The cast is game, with Kunis and Williams particular standouts. They're both elegantly clothed must have been Opposite Day in Witchland and look positively ethereal, particularly Williams, whom I don't believe I've ever seen look so luminous. In all, Oz the Great and Powerful is a terrific film, probably the first true blockbuster of the year. It maintains the wonder and tone of the '39 megaclassic without messing around with the characters. It serves well as a prequel.