“Oz” is the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a Kansas circus magician who is a bit of a player. In a mishap involving a circus strongman, he flies away in a hot air balloon to the wonderful world of Oz. There he meets one of the witches of Oz – Theodora (Mila Kunis). She, along with the rest of the residents of Oz, believes he is the “savior” from the prophecy that says a wizard will come and save Oz from a wicked witch. When Oz meets Evanora (Rachel Weisz), Theodora’s sister, she isn’t so sure that Oz really is the wizard from the prophecy. After seeing the fortune the Wizard of Oz will receive, Diggs decides to play along. Evanora sends him on an incredible adventure to defeat the wicked witch, save the city and earn the wizard’s fortune.
The movie is directed by Sam Raimi, who manages to include all of the magic and wonder that was in the original “Wizard of Oz.” The special effects are outstanding.
I walked away from “Oz: The Great and Powerful” hoping for a sequel, which is hinted at during the film. I would love to see it again so I could travel back to the wonderful land of Oz.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is rated PG for sequences of action and scary images and brief mild language, but it will surely delight children. The movie runs for two hours and 10 minutes, but I did feel at some points that it was getting a bit long.
Rebecca Brandel is a freshman at Mount St. Mary Academy.