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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  8 March 2013 (USA)
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A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.



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Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Written by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In Oz, nothing is what it seems See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$79,110,453 (USA) (8 March 2013)


$234,903,076 (USA) (12 July 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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A puppet of the China Girl was used on set. See more »


Throughout the movie, the facial hair thickness of the Oz was not as it was at the beginning shots of the movie. The thickness of the hair slightly changed between short to shorter, then back to normal. See more »


[first lines]
Front Gate Barker: Hurry, hurry, step this way. Get your tickets now. Don't be shut out, friend. Step this way. See the most wondrous sights imaginable. pulled from the four corners of the Earth. Acts to delight, to thrill and to mystify! Walk through these gates and into the world of wonder.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
  • James Franco's credit appears in a puff of smoke

  • Mila Kunis' credit appears alongside a couple dancing (whose shadow turns into that of the Wicked Witch)

  • Rachel Weisz's credit is held by monkeys

  • Michelle Williams' credit is contained within a bubble

  • Zach Braff's credit appears with a puppet of Finley

  • the make-up credits Greg Nicotero and Howard Bergman are seen with an eye mask

  • VFX supervisor Scott Stokdyk's credit is seen within an optical illusion

  • composer Danny Elfman's credit is seen with a trumpet

  • the costume designers' credits are seen fitting clothes on an elephant

  • production designer Robert Stromberg's credit is seen in China Town

  • cinematographer Peter Deming's credit is seen with the projector

  • the screenwriters' credit is seen within a tornado

  • and director Sam Raimi's credit is seen within a crystal ball.

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Written and Performed by Roberto Juan Rodriguez
Courtesy of Tzadik Records
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Beautiful yet vapid prequel.
9 March 2013 | by (East Longmeadow,MA) – See all my reviews

Beautiful yet vapid prequel to "The Wizard Of Oz" that is plague by not only by the numbers script but the questionable judgment of the people behind the scenes of the making of the film. The CGI effects are good and the characters created by those effects are cute but they are not strong enough to hide the films real problems. The script is so by the numbers that you can envision the twist and the ending five minutes into the film. Prequels are generally predicable because it set before the events of a prior movie but this film just did not have any originality to it and was just lazy in its set up. The script is not the only problem here; some of the casting is also off by a large margin as well. James Franco was not the first actor to be considered to play the character of Oscar Diggs but you can see a hundred better actors who could have done the role justice before you can ever think of Franco in the role and he does not disappoint in proving how miscast he is. Franco is terrible, so terrible that he is distracting to the film. He definitely does not care about his performance and it shows. Franco just swaggers in as if he is above the material and the actors around him while in reality, his performance is worse that the script of this film. Making his character so unlikable that you really do not want to watch or care about him. While Franco is in his own little world, Mila Kunis just looks lost in her performance. She is not believable as the wicked witch of the west and just comes across as lightweight compare to her sisters played by Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams who are both much better actors than this film deserved. Weisz in particular gives the film's best performance because she at least makes an effort with the lazy script she has to work with and just has fun with it. Her character is the typical Disney villain but in Weisz's capable hands, she becomes more and that does translate on screen. You as an audience member are swept off your feet by Weisz's enthusiasm for her role and the movie becomes better off because of it. Williams does the same, making her sweet tooth character a joy to watch as well and brings a real sincerity to the role which is a god sent because of how insincere Franco is in his.

It is a beautiful movie and the CGI does not give you a headache but other those things and the efforts of Weisz and Williams, The movie has too many strikes against it thanks to the script and the miscasting of Franco and Kunis.

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