Oz: The Great and Powerful

Oz: The Great and Powerful

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Oz: The Great and Powerful

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 & FamilyFantasy
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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

Entertaining

Bit predictable

3.0
0

Not as bad as I expected

I read the reviews when this came out (terrible) so wasn't expected much, but I actually really enjoyed this! I loved that they artistically designed this film to fit in visually as a pre-cursor to The Wizard of Oz. Fantastic! If you go along to be visually stunned and entertained, (and can ignore Michelle Williams and James Franco's) dry woodeny...

4.0
0

Expected a lot more.

I was really let down with this film, I was expecting really good things but I found the movie dragged on, and had worked out the plot within the first few minutes, really excellent imagery but other than the nice scenery not worth the money.

2.0
0

Recommended... THAT YOU DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY

Please, I am begging you, don't waste 2 hours of your life to watch a terrible performance Hollywood golden boy (I have no idea why he is) James Franco struggle through a film that is totally not right for him and a story that does complete dis-service to Victor Flemming's classic. And people with kids, please don't ruin the magic for your children, just...

1.0
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
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

Entertaining

Bit predictable

3.0
0

Not as bad as I expected

I read the reviews when this came out (terrible) so wasn't expected much, but I actually really enjoyed this! I loved that they artistically designed this film to fit in visually as a pre-cursor to The Wizard of Oz. Fantastic! If you go along to be visually stunned and entertained, (and can ignore Michelle Williams and James Franco's) dry woodeny...

4.0
0

Expected a lot more.

I was really let down with this film, I was expecting really good things but I found the movie dragged on, and had worked out the plot within the first few minutes, really excellent imagery but other than the nice scenery not worth the money.

2.0
0

Recommended... THAT YOU DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY

Please, I am begging you, don't waste 2 hours of your life to watch a terrible performance Hollywood golden boy (I have no idea why he is) James Franco struggle through a film that is totally not right for him and a story that does complete dis-service to Victor Flemming's classic. And people with kids, please don't ruin the magic for your children, just...

1.0
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