A prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that tells how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler. Directed by Sam Rami (the Spider-Man trilogy). Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful stars James Franco (Pineapple Express) as Oz. It also has a star-studded cast that features Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Spencer and Zach Braff.
The illusions in Oz the Great and Powerful arrive on two levels. On one level, there is Oz himself, a magician by trade who finds himself in a magical land where the denizens believe he’s a genuine wizard. On the other level, there is the film’s copious amounts of computer-generated effects. In both instances, tricksters attempt to fool an audience, but only one is able to truly pull it off. The film begins with the requisite black and white prologue. Oz (James Franco) is a magician in a traveling circus. His act is impressive, but his audience, the kind who test him every step of the way and then insist he cure them of their ails, isn’t a good fit for his brand of wizardry. He is chased out and eventually swept up into a tornado, as expected, on a journey to... Read Review