Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” recently had its premiere last night at the El Capitan Theatre, and as expected with a movie of this size, all the stars were out to celebrate the latest trip down the yellow brick road. “Oz” is Raimi’s first film since the moderately budgeted horror flick “Drag Me to Hell” in 2009 and the not-so-moderately budgeted “Spider-man 3” in 2007.
This film looks like it was crafted so carefully to be an all-around crowd-pleaser that I would be shock if it didn’t destroy the competition when it opens next month on March 8, 2013.
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 and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Starring Mila Kunis, James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Spencer, Joey King, Zach Braff, Martin Klebba, Ted Raimi, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, and Tim Holmes.
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