A new review from The Movie Snob.
Oz the Great and Powerful (B-). I think it helped to go into this movie with low expectations. Sam Raimi of Spider-Man and Evil Dead fame directed this tale of how the Wizard of Oz actually arrived in that merry old land many years before Dorothy and Toto did. Oz (James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is a small-time magician toiling away in a two-bit traveling carnival in nowhere Kansas. Serendipity and a massive cyclone whisk him off to Oz. It seems that Oz is plagued by a wicked witch (some things never change), and the people look to Oz to fulfill a prophecy that a great wizard will defeat the witch and return peace and prosperity to the land. Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Rachel Weisz (About a Boy), and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) add some interest as Oz’s three resident witches, but I thought the show was stolen by a sweet little china girl (that is, a live figurine made of china) that Oz repairs and becomes a kind of foster father to. Is it as magical as the original? Of course not. But it’s not a bad movie. The PG rating is for some potentially scary action sequences and a couple of uses of profanity, and that seems about right to me.