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Running Time:
2 hours, 10 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A blandly underwritten but visually overwhelming adventure.

Additional Info:
James Franco ... Oz
Mila Kunis ... Theodora
Rachel Weisz ... Evanora
Michelle Williams ... Annie
Zach Braff ... Frank
Bill Cobbs ... Master Tinker
Joey King ... China Girl
Tony Cox ... Knuck
Stephen R. Hart ... Winkie General
Abigail Spencer ... May
Bruce Campbell ... Winkie Gate Keeper

Oz the Great and Powerful
In black-and-white 1905 Kansas, a shady illusionist Oscar Diggs (James Franco) enchants curious audiences at a local circus. Chased into a hot-air balloon by an angry husband, a tornado propels him into the colourful land of Oz, which has been waiting for an eponymous wizard to save them from a murderous witch. But which witch is wicked - too-good Glinda (Michelle Williams), the steely Evanora  (Rachel Weisz) or her dithering sister Theodora (Mila Kunis)? Of course, Oz isn't a real wizard, but he does have some tricks up his sleeve. 
Taking ideas from the stories of L Frank Baum, director Sam Raimi and screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire have stirred the characters into a formulaic plot peppered with action sequences and moments that include eye-popping digital trickery. But, instead of introducing endearing sidekicks, there's a creepy-looking flying monkey Finley (Zach Braff) and a sassy china doll (Joey King), both rendered with special effects that never quite gel with the live actors. Sure, everything looks plush, but visually it's less engaging than if had been rendered as a two-dimensional cartoon. Nevertheless, the sardonic herald played by Tony Cox is quite entertaining

James Franco is quite amusing when he's getting everything wrong, although his half-hearted romance with Michelle Williams is slightly pointless. Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz have more fun with their sassier scenes, even if the script can't think of something unpredictable for them to do. In other words, this will probably appeal to undemanding audiences who are wowed by pretty things coming at them. But discerning audiences should be warned.

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