A few lucky preview audiences have already seen Oz the Great and Powerful. While I’ve been avoiding spoiler reviews, I had read that the production is at least on par with Alice in Wonderland. That should be a good sign for Disney, since Alice did over a billion at the box office.
As the release date of March 8 approaches, Disney’s marketing efforts are reaching a fever pitch. Here are two clips from the film that I think, hope, shows what a great film we can look forward to:
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until 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 wizard but into a better man as well.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.
Will you be seeing Oz the Great and Powerful opening weekend?
Just saw OZ. First books by Baum way better than interpretive movie. I put lack of cohesion on the director. This is in no way measures up to Alice in Wonderland. Even the cheesy Garland film gave pure beauty and definition to the storyline. Great and powerful—hardly. Unless you really like any of the main actors wait till this is available on dvd. And no, Michelle Wiliams was not a strong pick for Glinda. Everyone was upstaged by China girl and Finley the flying monkey! Some things should be left to their original format–character in a book.