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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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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.

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Sam Raimi

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Mitchell Kapner (screenplay), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Oz
Mila Kunis ... Theodora / Wicked Witch of the West
Rachel Weisz ... Evanora
Michelle Williams ... Annie / Glinda
Zach Braff ... Frank / Finley
Bill Cobbs ... Master Tinker
Joey King ... Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl
Tony Cox ... Knuck
Stephen R. Hart ... Winkie General
Abigail Spencer ... May (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
Bruce Campbell ... Winkie Gate Keeper
Ted Raimi ... Skeptic in Audience
Tim Holmes ... Strongman
Toni Wynne ... Strongman's Wife
Rob Crites Rob Crites ... Firebreather
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Storyline

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

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The land you know. The story you don't. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,110,453, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$234,911,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$493,311,825
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Theodora in Greek means "gift from God" See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, the facial hair thickness of the Oz was not as it was at the beginning shots of the movie. The thickness of the hair slightly changed between short to shorter, then back to normal. See more »

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[first lines]
Front Gate Barker: Hurry, hurry, step this way. Get your tickets now. Don't be shut out, friend. Step this way. See the most wondrous sights imaginable. pulled from the four corners of the Earth. Acts to delight, to thrill and to mystify! Walk through these gates and into the world of wonder.
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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 »

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The film was also shown in 3D. Some shots displaying 3D effects are exclusive to the 3D version, being altered or removed in the 2D cut. See more »

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Followed by Oz See more »

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The Munchkin Welcome Song
Music written by Danny Elfman
Lyrics written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performed by Danny Elfman
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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
19 March 2013 | by mvd102000See all my reviews

Well, let's start with...

The Good:

The visual effects are 2nd to none. Raimi and his team have given their audience a bright and colorful world of wonder in a much more 'wowing' Land of Oz than that of the original film, and possibly even one that's more visually attractive than any other film to date. A very fun and crafty Rachel Weisz takes the role of Evanora and grips the audience with charm and viciousness in all the right doses. The supporting cast also performs pretty well, sometimes capturing that original 'Wizard of Oz' magic.

The Bad:

Going into this film with high expectations for the dialogue, & acting is going to leave you very disappointed. Two of the most featured roles of the film, Oz (played by James Franco) & Theodora, (played by Mila Kunis) are surprisingly and inexcusably portrayed very poorly. Franco's Oz is written to be about how you would expect him to be - complete with charm, wit, & deceit. However, the depth that you would expect to come with such an anticipated resurgence of a character is missing, & you can tell that Franco is having trouble buying into the role himself. The character quickly becomes stale at about 45 minutes in, and doesn't ever fully recover. Kunis feels the same - bored & devoid of passion for the lackluster lines given to her. Her character also has an issue with development, and is rushed from high to low so quickly that the audience doesn't have the opportunity to invest in her. The performances aren't the worst thing you'll ever see, but the lifeless script & awkward dialogue make it hard to stay focused. Even with a great script though, I feel as though Franco & Kunis weren't the best choices for their respective roles.

The Ugly:

The worst part of this movie is the story. It leaves you waiting for some kind of clever & unexpected plot twist, a little divulgence of the characters motivations, or even just some depth for the main focal points of the story. It's also somewhat obnoxious that this film takes elements of the original film that should have been left alone because the original film portrays Dorothy's entire journey as a dream in the end. (Such as transferring characters of "the real world" into characters of The Land of Oz) Without saying too much, I can tell you that this film is stuck somewhere between being a fun and family friendly revitalization of the original story and being a serious and intriguing fantasy film for a wide movie-going audience - and the formula just doesn't work.

Having said all of that, I do not regret having gone to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, as the visuals do a great job of making up for everything that didn't work. I will warn you though, that the films run time of just over two hours can be difficult to sit through at times. Don't be afraid to take a bathroom break when it gets dry, you probably won't miss too much.


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