Oz The Great and Powerful is the prequel to the legendary 1939 “Wizard of Oz.” it begins many many years before Dorothy’s fateful adventure among the Munchkins. Sam Raimi directs and the story moves along steady enough. However, a great deal of what made the film was fabulous 3D effects — and they were pretty spectacular –, coupled with wonderful sets, a touch of humor – more like one-liner wit –, and the BIG answers to questions everyone has been wondering about for 74 years.
Director Sam Raimi and his cast (James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) provide answers to Who is the Wizard?, where did he come from, how did he get to Oz, and why did he go?. Also revealed is the essence of who the witches are and what motivates them.
What the film lacked however, was Raimi’s ability to pull us in. To fully engage his characters to extract the rawness required from them to carry us along on their adventures and make us believe. There was a disconnect between the characters and their circumstances challenges, and each other.
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