It hasn’t been a banner year for the box office but hopes are high that Disney’s big new release, Oz The Great and Powerful, should turn things around.
The movie revisits the land of Oz, made famous in the 1939 movie, The Wizard Of Oz, which told us how a Kansas farm-girl was whisked away in a twister and landed on an wicked witch with magic, ruby slippers in Munchkin Land. That movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s book and as I typed the short recap of the movie above, I had to wonder what Baum was smoking.
Oz The Great and Powerful is sort of a prequel to Baum’s book and imagines how the character, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), became The Wizard of Oz. The movie has a great cast with Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams joining Franco to play the three witches.
Here is the trailer:
Rated: PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language.
Running time: 130 minutes
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