Oz The Great And Powerful
Oz The Great And Powerful
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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.
James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox, Stephen R. Hart, Abigail Leigh Spencer, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Tim Holmes, Toni Wynne, Rob Crites, William Dick, Gene Jones, John Lord Booth III, Suzanne Keilly, Shannon Murray, Ralph Lister, John Michael Manfredi, Robert Stromberg, Channing Pierce, Brian Searle, Russell Bobbitt, Julie Gershenson, Dan Nelson, TJ Jagodowski, John Paxton, Melissa Exelberth, Steve Forbes, Arnold Agee, Deborah Puette, Julius Kline III, Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss, Isabella Shepard, Ja’Vonne Cousins, Victoria Lurz, Dashiell Raimi, Brandon Hamilton, Stevie Puppet Lee, Martin Klebba, Danielle Ragland, Bart McCarthy, Timothy Patrick Quill, Nicholas Lindsay-Abaire, Bill E. Rogers, Danny Hicks, Mia Serafino, LaNika Wise, Mikayla Bouchard, Nellie Ann Prestine-Lowery, Emma Raimi, Jayne Violassi, Jay Schwalm, Wendy Cutler, Jim Bird, Kenneth D. Ciszewski, Chester F. Guilmet, Bob Buck, Jim Moll
© 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: It suffers from some tonal inconsistency and a deflated sense of wonder, but Oz the Great and Powerful still packs enough visual dazzle and clever wit to be entertaining in its own right.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
One wonders what L. Frank Baum would think of movies like Oz the Great and Powerful. He'd appreciate the technical innovations of modern cinema, most likely. But I doubt that he'd appreciate how his characters have been "updated."
March 10, 2020
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Colorful prequel is scarier, less magical than the original.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oz the Great and Powerful is considerably darker and more intense than The Wizard of Oz. While it pays tribute to the original film, the main character this time is an adult, rather than a girl, and the themes are accordingly more mature. For much of the movie, Oz (James Franco) is a selfish, egotistical ladies' man; he flirts to get his way and ends up kissing four different characters. (He also says "damn" a couple of times.) And if the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys in the 1939 classic frightened your kids, the flying baboons in this prequel may terrify them, as will the general cruelty of the evil characters and the plight of the orphaned China Girl. Glinda is also briefly tortured (via magical lightning), and there's an intense twister scene and several "jump" moments that are especially startling in the 3-D version. The Wicked Witch's transformation is creepy, though ultimately she doesn't look quite as scary as the original. On the bright side, the movie offers a lasting lesson about how teamwork and friendship between unlikely allies can overcome obstacles and how a person's legacy lives on in people's hearts and minds.
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- Genre:Family, Fantasy
- Release Date:March 8, 2013
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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