After seeing the Comic-Con trailer, the recently released promotional images, and finally the full, tryptich poster for Oz the Great and Powerful we all have a good grasp of what the film will look like, but how will its plot play out? We’re learning bit and pieces all the time, and the newly released trailer offers us a bit more. We know Oz follows a circus magician, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), and his fantastical adventure in the Land of Oz. We know he mingles with three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). And, we know he must fight the Wicked Witch of the West to prove himself to be prophesied Wizard.
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It’s impossible to deny how much Oz looks like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Let’s hope its story carries more substance. Alice was an unfortunate disappoint, so much promise but come the end I couldn’t care less what happened in Wonderland. I just wanted it to end. And seriously, Johnny Depp’s Hatter? What the fuck was that?!
But I digress, Sam Raimi isn’t Tim Burton. I’m hopeful Oz has learned from Alice‘s failures. I’m sure Disney is, too. This trailer looks awesome, and like I said yesterday the influence of the 1939 Wizard of Oz is evident and welcomed. I’m pretty excited for Oz and am going to find it hard to wait for its March 8th release date. Thankfully there’s that little Hobbit movie releasing in December to tide us over.