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
The Emerald City flag's lion is strongly reminiscent of the MGM lion logo (The Wizard of Oz (1939) was produced by MGM). See more »
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 »
I love Sam Raimi's movies and I loved L. Frank Baum's works too. But what I would really like is their creations combined together. I enjoyed Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movies. I watched this in a theater with the whole family. I watched the trailer a lot of times because I was really excited to see this.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" is exactly what the title says. It was a GREAT movie and it made a POWERFUL impact on the audience in the theater. Everyone was laughing, some were crying and everyone went home with a smile on their face. James Franco was perfect as the Oz. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz did good themselves. The visuals and the cinematography was extremely amazing. The humor was perfect. The story was great as well. This is Sam Raimi's greatest movie yet.
Highly recommended for the whole family (especially in 3D)
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