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by Michael Dima

On Friday will be the release of one of the most eagerly anticipated films, Oz: The Great and Powerful. This movie will be the prequel of the Wizard of Oz. Directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, Grant Curtis, and Joshua Donen and written by David Lindsay-Abraire and mitchell Kapner, this movie is the story that came before the Wizard of Oz. Starring James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora and Michelle Williams as Glinda, the Story is based on books written by L. Frank Baum, and is being released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story is about Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with doubtful morality, who is pulled away from dusty old Kansas to the mysterious land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot for fame and glory and the fortune is his for the taking and he does not question it . That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda, who are not convinced he is what he is all cracked up to be, the great wizard everyone’s is expecting him to be. Subsequently, he is hesitantly drawn into the epic problems and hard situations facing the land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out which faces are friendly and which are foes, who is good and who is evil before it is too late for him. Using his head he puts his magical arts to use through his talents with illusion, brightness and even a bit of wizardry. Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Whether or not this movie will achieve its goals are questionable.  The distributors are hoping that the film will make about $200,000,000. Some early reviews have been cold towards the movie compared to the Wizard of Oz.  The Los Angeles Times stated this about the film: “sometimes sweet, sometimes scary, sometimes sour, Oz the Great and Powerful is a film that doesn’t know its own mind. 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.” Basically stating that the movie can be confusing and hard to follow by many and it may take very long to get into the movie and truly understand the concept of the story line and get into it.

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