‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and what Sam Raimi did right

Editor’s note: This article started as a comparison between Army of Darkness and Oz the Great and Powerful, until a colleague pointed out that Matt Singer beat me to the punch by posting a similar article over at IndieWire. So I decided to expand on my original piece instead.


Oz the Great and Powerful opened this weekend to mixed reviews. Disney’s fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, currently holds a 68% rating on the Tomatometer. Some critics loathe the film, others are indifferent and some downright praise Raimi’s effort to re-imagine the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. Despite some apparent faults, I believe the film is a worthy modern-day precursor to one of the most beloved movies ever made. Here are just a few things Sam Raimi gets right.


1: Raimi’s trademarks meet The Wizard of Oz

Watching the movie, it becomes pretty
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