Inspired by “Wizard of Oz”, the film is nowhere close to being a remake of the original story. In fact, it’s more a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” than anything else.
“Oz The Great And Powerful” stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams. The film opens in monochrome (read: black and white) Kansas but soon transforms into vivid, technicolour. In case you wonder who “Oz” is, he’s Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco).
Though “Oz The Great And Powerful” does take bits and pieces of the original story line, it’s really not as cute and not as magical. Also, don’t expect to see red shoes, Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, or the Scarecrow.
“Oz” is accompanied by three other characters, Theodora (played by Mila Kunis), Evanora (played by Rachel Weisz), and Glenda (played by Michelle Williams). Of course, you need to know that these three ladies are witches and of course, not all three are good in terms of nature. In fact, you’d be amazed to find out how beautiful and at the same time, ugly it is to watch witches when they turn evil.
And we applaud Mila Kunis for portraying her role so well – it’s so convincing!
Having said that, the CGI in the film, thanks to having fallen in the hands of director Sam Raimi, is amazing. In fact, it was the bold and vibrant colours that inadvertently stole the show:
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Uh, yes. We need to also add that the trailer is not as frightening as the movie really is. Something to consider because you take your young siblings or kids out to catch the film. Is it worth watching in the cinemas though? Yes, of course!
“Oz The Great And Powerful” is now screening at a cinema near you.
For more information, visit the movie’s official website.