Over the Technicolor Rainbow

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ pays tribute to, the late Victor Fleming’s 1930s classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. This prequel will undoubtedly charm and mesmerize audience young and old just like its predecessor had.

The legendary wizard Oz who is played by James Franco, is a con-man/magician extraordinaire in a traveling circus that is trying to make a name for himself, by being greater than he seems. Just like the original, the main character is swept up from a black and white twister and tossed out into a world of Technicolor.

During his stay, Oz meets three beautiful powerful witches; the young and naive Theodora (Mila Kunis), her older and conniving sister Evanora (Rachel Weizs), and the noble kind hearted Glinda the Good (Michelle Williams). These three witches change Oz’s life as they guide him on his journey of becoming the wizard that we all know and love.

The original Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi definitely makes all the stops in this eye-popping modern day version of the Land of Oz. Each scene dazzled the screen with its stunning computer-generated imagery graphics, which made Oz a place of true wonder and child like imagination that would have made Dorothy’s ruby red slippers clap with glee and excitement.

The score, composed by Danny Elfman who has provided his talent to films such as; Batman Returns, Spider-Man, Alice in Wonderland, and Frankenweenie, brought on drew out such enchanting emotions when, hope was found or problems arose for Oz and his friends.

However, the character that really put the magic in this film was the bellhop wise-cracking monkey Finley played by Zach Braff, who’s character helps Oz on his quest to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West who is out to destroy the land of Oz with her flying monkey goons. This movie definitely has the whimsical charm to score big in the box office.

* Oz the Great and Powerful

* Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King

* Directed By: Sam Raimi

* PG, 2 HR., 10 MIN

* C+

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