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Oz the Great and Powerful, 2013.

Directed by Sam Raimi.

Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs and Joey King.


A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

Let me start by saying that the story of The Wizard of Oz, and all his counterparts, has already been done to death. There are countless re-imaginings, prequels and sequels to L. Frank Baum's original story, the most famous of which, of course, being the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Sam Raimi, who directed this most recent incarnation, would struggle to take the world of Oz and its inhabitants from a new angle. I think it is safe to say that Raimi's film did achieve a unique perspective, but unfortunately, rehashing an old story in a new light alone does not make a good film. »

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