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Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great And Powerful, from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams), who aren’t convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even some wizardry — Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well.
For sheer visual splendor, Oz the Great and Powerful is hard to beat. Even before the hot-air balloon of carnival magician Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco) gets swept up in a tornado and hurled to the Technicolor land of Oz, the sepia tones of Kansas have a lush, almost velvety texture. Once Diggs arrives in Oz, he learns of a prophecy that he might be the wizard to free the land from the grips of a tyrannical witch--and from there, the movie juggles visual delights with a story that is regrettably half-baked. Some sequences and characters are skillfully realized (a little girl made of china is perfectly developed, both visually and narratively), while others seem propped up like cardboard cutouts. (Unavoidable comparisons to The Wizard of Oz, a masterpiece of vividly drawn characters, don't help.) Franco doesn't have the theatricality one might want for a carnival huckster, but fortunately his low-key performing style helps to ground the bright spectacle in human emotions. As witches wicked and good, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams all display charm and verve. The movie is flawed, but when Oz the Great and Powerful hits a right note, merging wonder and fear, dazzle and darkness, it's easy to forgive the weaknesses. --Bret Fetzer
I like it and am enjoying it for the purpose I bought this for... I'll be back for more, it works amazingly well!Published 2 days ago by D. Mancuso
My wife wanted to watch this, I was totally unenthused. but it was actually watchable and kept my attention. Not bad.Published 3 days ago by Mort
if you always wanted to know the backstory of oz, the almighty, this movie was made for you.
great witches, minimal song and dance.
Don't just dismiss this movie right off the bat because it's a Disney prequel to the Wizard of Oz. It's really fun, though predictable. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Adrian
Fun movie - never intended to be comparable to the original. In that vein, I would recommend it as 2 hours of mild entertainment. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Peter E. Germanowski
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Disney rip off. Should have been 3D and 2D blueray in package at a minimum. Times are tough all over but this is a cheap marketing ploy to RIP off the customer by the iconic "MMM, the great and powerful Disney" MMM = More Money Masters
Apr 14, 2013 by D. Sowell | See all 16 posts
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"gets sued for this "
What possibly would be the grounds to sue Disney ?
Disney sells a product. You can buy it or not buy it.
I agree that the marketing/ pricing strategy is poor, but that is NOT fraud, or a rip off.
I really love the combo package for other releases, and have no... Read More
Jun 30, 2013 by J. Berning | See all 10 posts
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