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.
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
Producer Joe Roth was intrigued by the prospect of exploring the origins of the Wizard of Oz character: "During the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios, I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You've got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices, but a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing." Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner felt the same way about the character. See more »
In Return to Oz, the sequel to The Wizard of Oz, it's established that the year is 1899. However, the year at the beginning of this film says 1905, even though it's supposed to be a prequel. See more »
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The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
I don't normally write reviews, however I feel compelled to write something about this movie. I have seen some negative publicity about this movie and noticed that there was some low scores in the voting. I have to say respectfully to these people, you're being stupid. The movie was almost perfect for what it was intended to be, a family movie about a magical place. There were in fairness some mistakes made in the plot concerning the relationships between the main characters, but they were more creative differences I would have and not full blown errors. Beyond that the movie was brilliant and was in a most pleasant and surprising way funny and I mean funny. The movie was a credit to the legend of L Frank Baum and the legend of The Wizard of Oz. I don't think this movie has any hope of the kind of success The Wizard of Oz had, but It was far above and beyond the typical garbage being manufactured in Hollywood these days. I say get the girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, mom, dad, or whoever and go see it, you will have fun and have some laughs as well. Thank You for reading my review and God Bless.
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