Sam Raimi’s highly ambitious project, Oz The Great and Powerful opens on March 8th. It’s challenge is simple: can they send audiences back in time and place to the land that made Disney a powerhouse movie studio, all the while capitalizing on nostalgia and making the world seem new all over again?
These two new clips don’t reveal much. The first introduces us to ‘Bubble Travel’ as The Wizard (James Franco) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), along with her two companions, fly high above the land of Oz. It looks like one hell of a spectacle, which will undoubtedly be a treat for the eyes in IMAX 3D. The second clip showcases an interacting between sisters Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Theodora (Mila Kunis) as they question the integrity and agenda of the new arrival.
Can Raimi’s ambition be reinforced by these tantalizing visuals? If I were to weigh in on this one, I sure hope the story backbone’s this spectacle and gives us a reason to return to Oz.
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.