There are two critical moments during Oz, as played by Oscar Diggs. The first occurred when Oz was crossing over from a black and white, Kansas world, to a new and possibly scurrilous reality.
Colors not only became present, but, they glowed, they invaded, they pervaded. They were what Oz needed to be, rather than who and what he was.
The second critical moment occurred when Oz was leaving that existence and he landed in the water. His first gut response was to scream out for help. He thrashed and yelled. But, he only did this for a short time, before realizing that all he had to do was stand up.
This has a lot of meaning. First of all, his immediate thought, upon being introduced to the water was that he needed help. But, he didn't. He actually was the help - for Oz residents.
Secondly, it demonstrated how self-sufficient that he actually was. Granted, it's only a small patch of water, within a larger patch, but, still.
Which leads us to the third aspect of significance, which was this; sometimes, it only takes the powerful leadership of one to change a land of people, for the better.
Oz: Hey, is that a wall?
Oz: I'm gonna die!
Oz: I might not actually be a wizard.
Oz: Yes. I am the wizard.
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Produced by: Sam Raimi
Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire, L. Frank Baum and Mitchell Kapner
Starring: Zach Braff, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams
Taglines: The land you know. The story you don't.
Time: 130 minutes
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