In the film, “Oz The Great And Powerful,” directed by the “Spider-Man” trilogy director Sam Raimi, the story of Oscar and his adventure through Oz is played out. Oscar (James Franco, “Lovelace”) is a carnival magician who ends up in the magical Land of Oz. There he faces the ever-pressing issue of the magical kingdom: Who should rule?
Within Oz, there are three witches. The first witch the audience meets is Theodora (Mila Kunis, “Ted”). Evanora (Rachel Weisz, “The Bourne Legacy”) was introduced next, followed by Glinda (Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”). The entire movie revolves around the three as they vie for power, and as one attempts to trick Oscar, the other offers him the truth.
Overall, “Oz The Great And Powerful” could be considered slightly above average. While there is a lack of surprise, or great and powerful moments, the movie should have enough going for it to keep most happy.
One thing that makes “Oz” above average is the use of visual effects. Like the porcelain in Oz’s Chinatown, the movie has an entirely glossy look, riddled with amazing visuals and scenery. The entire movie is captivating to watch due to the fantastical creations of technology.
Another positive of the movie comes with the three witches. All three are terrific. Each witch is portrayed well. Glinda has a sparkly and upbeat personality that is characteristic with the original “Wizard of Oz” movie. Theodora is convincing as the youngest, naïve witch. Lastly, Evanora is a knowingly eviler witch, with darkness brewing within.
An entertaining aspect from this movie comes with how funny the film actually is. Surprisingly, the film holds many jokes that both young and old will find to be at least worth a smile. Frank (Zach Braff, TV’s “Scrubs”), the flying monkey and Joey King (“The Dark Knight Rises”), who plays the China Girl, both provide an assortment of comic relief. Unlike so many movies in which comic relief is often less than funny, the two are worthwhile additions.
Unfortunately, one of the movie’s only setbacks forms surprisingly within Franco’s character, which was often, one-dimensional. Sadly, this does not seem to be a problem with his acting, but more of a problem with his single-toned, boring character. Each moment with Oscar is almost like watching a replay of the last.
Overall, “Oz The Great and Powerful” is worthy of a viewing and, while the movie may not ever become as famous as the “Wizard Of Oz,” it is certainly an enjoyable and creative film, especially when the fantastical lands of Oz will provide some escape from this long winter.