Oh, and the film’s requisite talking monkey. Because what children’s movie, let alone Disney movie, would be complete without a talking animal? Where most of what we’ve seen of Oz: The Great and Powerful has emphasized James Franco‘s Oscar Diggs, wizard-to-be, and the beautiful land of Oz itself, here we’re introduced to the three witches: Theadora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Who wants to start taking bets on which witch goes all green and evil? And no, I don’t think it’s that obvious, but I’d know who I’d pick.
I’m not raising my hopes too high for this flick. It’s promising and I think Sam Raimi could knock it out of the park, I’m just, hesitant, let’s say, about how it will all play out. Alice in Wonderland was disappointing and bland, though pretty looking, and they seem adamant to remind us of that film every time they promote Oz.
We’ll learn soon enough, Oz: The Great and Powerful comes out 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.