Oz: The Great and Powerful 3D

Oz: The Great and Powerful 3D

Oz: The Great and Powerful 3D

Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) imagines the origins of the Wizard of Oz in this prequel to the 1939 cinema classic. Stars Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and James Franco as the morally dubious young magician destined to become Oz. 

Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician and full-time heartbreaker, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. There he thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he meets the beautiful Theodora (Kunis), who is convinced Oscar's the great wizard prophesied to rule the kingdom. She introduces him to her sister Evanora (Weisz), who in turn shows him to the vast fortune that will be his - should he defeat the wicked witch plaguing the Land of Oz. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing this fantastical world, Oscar puts his magical arts to use through illusion and transform himself into the great and powerful Oz.

2013Rating: PG, contains scary scenes130 minsUSA
AdventureKids & FamilyFantasy3D
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

This elaborate exercise in visual Baum-bast nonetheless gets some mileage out of its game performances, luscious production design and the unfettered enthusiasm director Sam Raimi brings to a thin, simplistic origin story.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A lavishly mounted re-telling that, for all its good intentions and visual wonders, can’t help seeming surplus to requirements.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You won't want to return to this Oz.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A miscast James Franco and a lack of charm and humor doom Sam Raimi's prequel to the 1939 Hollywood classic. Oz the Wimpy and Weak would be more like it.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Long-term Oz watchers will be enchanted and enthralled. There’s even a musical number, albeit an abbreviated one. Mila Kunis gets a gold star for excellence in bewitchery and Sam Raimi can settle securely behind the curtain as a mature master of illusion.

4.0
0

Leaves a lot to be desired

Director Sam Raimi takes us back to the magical world of Oz with this fantasy prequel, which tells the story of a magician coming to terms with the greatness he finds unceremoniously thrust upon his shoulders. Inspired by the L. Frank Baum novels (but not the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz), this is a family friendly adventure that may please younger...

2.0
0

A New Direction

This has a different take from the original Wizard of Oz.It has a similar theme but different and more modern scenes.The rendered serpa colour works well to enhance the fantasy world.It is made mainly for the younger viewer.The large film sets and attention to detail is amazing. A light but entertaining movie.

3.0
0

Watchable

The film's weakest parts really stand out: namely the dull first act, some horribly rendered backgrounds (the mountains in the sunflower field scene were gross-looking) and Mila Kunis' underwritten character. Luckily, the movie's carefree nature mixes with a kiddy sense of looniness that meshes well with the spirit of the original. At the end, I was...

3.0
0

Recommended.

This is a kids film, more so than I expected. And they'll love it. It has a nice technicolour quality and some parts are quite beautiful, but it doesn't avoid what I will call over-CGI-ness (a suspension-of-disbelief-busting plague on nearly big-budget films these days). It also has a few strange and flat moments.... but its a good, lavish blockbuster...

3.0
0

I wish it was all a dream

A piece of advice for anyone thinking about seeing Oz: The Great and Powerful: the further you can get from the majestic 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz, the more chance you stand of having a good time with the prequel. For those of us that feel a strong connection to the original film, Disney's first big release of the year is a trite, overloaded bog of...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This elaborate exercise in visual Baum-bast nonetheless gets some mileage out of its game performances, luscious production design and the unfettered enthusiasm director Sam Raimi brings to a thin, simplistic origin story.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A lavishly mounted re-telling that, for all its good intentions and visual wonders, can’t help seeming surplus to requirements.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You won't want to return to this Oz.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A miscast James Franco and a lack of charm and humor doom Sam Raimi's prequel to the 1939 Hollywood classic. Oz the Wimpy and Weak would be more like it.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Long-term Oz watchers will be enchanted and enthralled. There’s even a musical number, albeit an abbreviated one. Mila Kunis gets a gold star for excellence in bewitchery and Sam Raimi can settle securely behind the curtain as a mature master of illusion.

4.0
0

Leaves a lot to be desired

Director Sam Raimi takes us back to the magical world of Oz with this fantasy prequel, which tells the story of a magician coming to terms with the greatness he finds unceremoniously thrust upon his shoulders. Inspired by the L. Frank Baum novels (but not the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz), this is a family friendly adventure that may please younger...

2.0
0

A New Direction

This has a different take from the original Wizard of Oz.It has a similar theme but different and more modern scenes.The rendered serpa colour works well to enhance the fantasy world.It is made mainly for the younger viewer.The large film sets and attention to detail is amazing. A light but entertaining movie.

3.0
0

Watchable

The film's weakest parts really stand out: namely the dull first act, some horribly rendered backgrounds (the mountains in the sunflower field scene were gross-looking) and Mila Kunis' underwritten character. Luckily, the movie's carefree nature mixes with a kiddy sense of looniness that meshes well with the spirit of the original. At the end, I was...

3.0
0

Recommended.

This is a kids film, more so than I expected. And they'll love it. It has a nice technicolour quality and some parts are quite beautiful, but it doesn't avoid what I will call over-CGI-ness (a suspension-of-disbelief-busting plague on nearly big-budget films these days). It also has a few strange and flat moments.... but its a good, lavish blockbuster...

3.0
0

I wish it was all a dream

A piece of advice for anyone thinking about seeing Oz: The Great and Powerful: the further you can get from the majestic 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz, the more chance you stand of having a good time with the prequel. For those of us that feel a strong connection to the original film, Disney's first big release of the year is a trite, overloaded bog...

1.0
0