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About the Movie
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz the Great and Powerful, from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams), who aren’t convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even some wizardry — Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 247
- Fresh: 146
- Rotten: 101
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A partially effective jumble whose elements clash rather than cohere, this solid but not spectacular effort stubbornly refuses to catch fire until it's almost too late.
Fresh: The new Oz falls short of the 1939 Oz in charm and innocence, and certainly in songs. But as family entertainment, it's hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling.
Rotten: Oz the Great and Powerful aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on The Wizard of Oz and still hold the classic dear while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
Fresh: An imaginative mix of live-action and CGI that pays homage to the iconic images and timeless sense of wonder in the classic The Wizard of Oz without being too deferential.
This movie is awesome!!! Totally worth watching.
Oz the mouth
Not a performance to remember but a mouth to behold. I became uncomfortably intimate with every molar in James Franco's kisser.
Someone must think it charming for all the screen time it got. Besides the mouth, the movie was overly lit and lacking. I didn't want to see Oz the great mouth making out with the witches. I mean really? The actors must've felt how wrong it was to Spiderman the Wizard of Oz because there was absolutely no chemistry. Zero. Kunis was like a block of wood. Williams looked like she was babysitting. Franco was all gums and tooth. UHK!
Not enough magic and wizardry to save this film.
The story and characters were weak and it moved incredibly slow on its way to no where.