Two “New Years” TV spots for Sam Raimi’s OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL have been released and they’re really not worth watching to be quite honest with you. I was nicely surprised by the trailer and I’m very much looking forward to this beautiful CGI fest (even if it didn’t make my most anticipated list). A prequel to the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz, the film centers on a small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) who finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard. Oz: The Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. 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.