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
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
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
During the tornado sequence in the hot air balloon, Raimi follows the point-of-view of one of the posts from the picket fence. See more »
When Oscar takes off, the hot air balloon would not have traveled far as the burner was off. See more »
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The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
I'm curious as to how the screenwriters constructed the plot to this prequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939). It's as if the writers took the story of the predecessor, hurled it into a tornado and then built this story with collected debris. The story is humdrum and lacks a sense of wonder and mystery. Weisz and Williams are thankworthy in their performances, Kunis is under par most of the time, but it is the wizard himself, James Franco who is simply baffling in his mediocrity. His portrayal of Oz is cringe inducing and a prime example of 'phoning it in!' His incessant grinning and dreadful delivery is unforgivable especially from a leading actor. Considering the massive budget the filmmakers had to work with, the cinematography is run-of-the-mill and the special effects are artificial. It's obvious that this entire film was created behind a green screen but bringing attention to this is amateurish. Director Sam Raimi's unconventional style has been his forte in the past but his decision to helm this irksome script and miscast Franco as the title character proves that he has become a conventional director-for-hire. The back story about the mysterious man behind the curtain had so much potential but the curtain ripped considerably. Oz the Fake and Awful is more likely!
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