Film review: Oz the Great and Powerful
Just like the colon that is omitted from the title where one would expect it, this prequel to the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming lacks the charm to sweep us off our feet. Perhaps because there is no Judy Garland, or perhaps because instead of using actual sets director Sam Raimi opted mostly for special effects, the film never allows the viewer to connect as intimately with the main characters as she has for the past 70 years in the best-known film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s work.
Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco as the wizard, or rather the magician, Oscar Diggs, who has his own show in Kansas but also has delusions of grandeur.
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