Film review | Oz the Great and Powerful – Franco & Raimi look behind the curtain in a CGI whizz of a Wiz

Rising to the daunting challenge of making a prequel to beloved classic The Wizard of Oz, director Sam Raimi brings dash and dazzle to a tale that shows how the Land of Oz originally gained its wizard. He turns out to be James Franco‘s Oscar Diggs, a rascally circus magician who gets whisked in a hot-air balloon from black-and-white turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas to the wondrous and colourful Oz. The people take him to be a great wizard sent to defeat a wicked witch. But which witch is truly wicked? Naive young Theodora (Mila Kunis), her powerful elder sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz) or the radiantly beautiful Glinda (Michelle Williams)?

With its rather clunky story and lack of memorable songs, Raimi’s movie won’t go down in history as a classic. But although his fantasy can’t match the original’s magic, its CGI wizardry provides its own enchantments, including a delightful, painterly recreation of the 1939 film’s vibrant Technicolor.

Released on Disney Blu-ray™, Digital Download on iTunes, 3D Blu-ray™ and DVD on Monday 1st July.

“More wizardry than magic, but Raimi’s Oz still delights”: Read more of our original review.


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