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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

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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

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oz | magician | witch | circus | wizard | See All (231) »

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The land you know. The story you don't. See more »


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

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8 March 2013 (USA)  »

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$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The Tin Man is the only one of Dorothy's three companions in The Wizard of Oz (1939) not to be directly referenced in this film. The Tinkers, however are a loose reference to the Tin Man. They were written in for this adaption. See more »

Goofs

When Oz and Theodora are standing outside the waterfall, the string on her hat is alternately in front of her ear and behind her ear. See more »

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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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Follows The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Written and Performed by Roberto Juan Rodriguez
Courtesy of Tzadik Records
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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
19 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, let's start with...

The Good:

The visual effects are 2nd to none. Raimi and his team have given their audience a bright and colorful world of wonder in a much more 'wowing' Land of Oz than that of the original film, and possibly even one that's more visually attractive than any other film to date. A very fun and crafty Rachel Weisz takes the role of Evanora and grips the audience with charm and viciousness in all the right doses. The supporting cast also performs pretty well, sometimes capturing that original 'Wizard of Oz' magic.

The Bad:

Going into this film with high expectations for the dialogue, & acting is going to leave you very disappointed. Two of the most featured roles of the film, Oz (played by James Franco) & Theodora, (played by Mila Kunis) are surprisingly and inexcusably portrayed very poorly. Franco's Oz is written to be about how you would expect him to be - complete with charm, wit, & deceit. However, the depth that you would expect to come with such an anticipated resurgence of a character is missing, & you can tell that Franco is having trouble buying into the role himself. The character quickly becomes stale at about 45 minutes in, and doesn't ever fully recover. Kunis feels the same - bored & devoid of passion for the lackluster lines given to her. Her character also has an issue with development, and is rushed from high to low so quickly that the audience doesn't have the opportunity to invest in her. The performances aren't the worst thing you'll ever see, but the lifeless script & awkward dialogue make it hard to stay focused. Even with a great script though, I feel as though Franco & Kunis weren't the best choices for their respective roles.

The Ugly:

The worst part of this movie is the story. It leaves you waiting for some kind of clever & unexpected plot twist, a little divulgence of the characters motivations, or even just some depth for the main focal points of the story. It's also somewhat obnoxious that this film takes elements of the original film that should have been left alone because the original film portrays Dorothy's entire journey as a dream in the end. (Such as transferring characters of "the real world" into characters of The Land of Oz) Without saying too much, I can tell you that this film is stuck somewhere between being a fun and family friendly revitalization of the original story and being a serious and intriguing fantasy film for a wide movie-going audience - and the formula just doesn't work.

Having said all of that, I do not regret having gone to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, as the visuals do a great job of making up for everything that didn't work. I will warn you though, that the films run time of just over two hours can be difficult to sit through at times. Don't be afraid to take a bathroom break when it gets dry, you probably won't miss too much.


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