First look at Oz: The Great and Powerful

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November 25, 2012 by Chris Reynolds

Oz: The Great and Powerful lands in theaters March 8th, 2013.

Since 1939, the onscreen adaptation of the Wizard of Oz invaded our minds, tested our courage and remained in our hearts. The story we are familiar with is that of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who stumbles into this strange land during a freak twister. And if you are familiar with the Wicked series, you are quite knowledgeable of the witches of Oz as well. But this new film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, takes a look at possibly the most overlooked character in the franchise: The Wizard.

In the latest trailer (Watch Here) you can see the true scope of this film and all of its strange beauty. The visual effects in this movie look stunning. It is as if this peculiar world has manifested itself into reality. And the grand story arc looks to be a familiar tale, yet, one that many people can relate to. In the first half of this trailer we see the wizard in his famous hot air balloon enter a tornado and land in Oz.

Until this incident he has been a circus magician, a conjurer of cheap tricks if you will. But upon landing in Oz, his simple tricks are taken as miracles of pure magic.  As he embraces this lie to become the great and powerful wizard, he realizes this mantle might be too grand to bear as a mere mortal fibbing about his world-shattering powers.

The Wizard himself will be played by James Franco (Spiderman Trilogy)

The only thing that might drop a house on this film is the choice of James Franco to play the wizard. Personally I have never been the biggest fan of his, and find his acting to lack important nuances of emotion. This tends to leave most of his characters feeling a bit one dimensional and inhuman. And from what I can see in this trailer, we might be in for a similar treatment with Oz. But who knows, maybe the rest of the story and visuals will be so magical, his performance will be tolerable.

Also in the trailer we see Mila Kunis, who seems to play a large part in the wizard’s rise to fame and power as a good witch. I do enjoy her acting and the life she brings to her characters. But a role such as this, that seems to have a real sense of seriousness and darkness about it, concerns me. But I guess only time will tell.

The rest of the apparent cast however, including the voices of animated characters, looks very strong and promising indeed!

All in all, it is nice to see a comic relief of the munchkins in the trailer, and the fight scenes do look like they could be breathtaking. Not to mention those flying monkeys look freakin’ terrifying! But will the performances by big players in the cast drain the magic out of this film?

Once again Future Film fans I turn to you as the voice of the viewership. Will the casting choices bring this film crashing down on a slipper-wearing witch, or will we be pleasantly surprised by both the actors and splendor of the movie’s scale? Scroll to the bottom of the page and share your thoughts!

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