Monday, March 11, 2013
About The Movie:
Oz the Great and Powerful explores the origins of several characters that play key parts in The Wizard of Oz - as well as other Oz adventures – but the film’s primary focus is on non-wizard Oscar (Franco). A womanizing sideshow magician, Oscar “Oz” Diggs wears out his welcome in the traveling circus and, fleeing for his life by hot air balloon, is sucked into a tornado – crash-landing in the magical world of Oz.
The people of Oz eagerly welcome Oscar, believing his arrival is part of an age-old prophesy that suggests a wizard from the sky will defeat the Wicked Witch and bring order to the land. Tempted by the promise of unlimited wealth and armed with nothing but magic tricks and a few faithful friends, Oscar sets out to kill the tyrannical witch.
The story is pretty straightforward, especially for film fans who are already familiar with elements of the Oz mythos – witches, Munchkins, flying monkeys and other magical inhabitants. The movie serves as a dual origin story for both the Wizard of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West – though Oscar is the primary focus and his personal journey from conman to great man sets all of the other characters in motion.
Aided by a likable performance from James Franco, Oscar is surprisingly deep – especially since an older version of the character once pleaded for Dorothy to “pay no mind to the man behind the curtain.” As it turns out, that man has a story worth telling and, unlike many films that attempt to explore the origins of a known Hollywood icon, Oz the Great and Powerful actually has the potential to make the character’s presence in the original Wizard of Oz more impactful.