In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
Brandon T. Jackson
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
When Oz is telling Glinda his battle plan, he hands her a book. She thumbs through the book. In the process, you see the exact same page appear twice. It is the one with the trick box diagram. The wording on the pages is exactly the same. See more »
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The closing credits are seen behind a stage curtain (at first in different colors, then for the remainder it stays green). See more »
Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams are the only good things about this movie.
Weak prequel to the original 1939 classic has lofty heights set but fails to meet them thanks to bad performances by two of its lead actors and a script that is just so badly written. Sam Raimi tries his best with his directing and he does an admirable job with all that was on his plate but not even he could have made this weak film fly thanks to a script that does not know what to do with itself. The writing is just unbearable in certain scenes and the structure does not hold up, especially with one of the big reveals about a certain character towards the middle of the movie. Its does not help at all that there is some major casting missteps along the way, like the main character himself played by James Franco, who is just wrong for the role. He does not give off an ounce of acting talent or decency at all with the role of Oscar Diggs (Who becomes Oz) and just very bad in the role. Mila Kunis is also badly cast as Theodora (One of the witches) and her transformation in the film as the wicked witch of the west is so badly done that it is hard not to laugh when it happens. The only actors in this film who manages to give this film some dignity and acting talent is Rachel Weisz, who takes her character of Evanora (a bad witch) and actually gives the film the only ounce of fun it has, making the movie more bearable to sit though and Michelle Williams, who takes the role of Glenda (the good witch) and makes it more enjoyable than it could have been because of how goo-die two shoes the character is.
Its though the talents of both Williams and Weisz that this movie is barley passable and if they were not in it, the movie would have been almost impossible to sit through.
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