Remember when movies had actual practical sets and not George Lucas style Green Screen abysses? Ya, me too… This is more of what I said I was concerned about when the trailer first hit during Comic Con. These completely rendered sets make sense… I guess. But, they all just feel so cold to me. I’m still interested in the story, but there is so much to be said for the movie going experience when you can actually believe that it is possible to touch something in the movie without it shimmering like a hologram.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—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.