Oscar Diggs is a talented carnival magician, with questionable ethics. While escaping from the significant other of a recent conquest, Oscar finds himself caught up in a tornado that drops him off in a magical land in peril. Even before he had a moment to appreciate not being dead, he finds himself running for his life. With little more than his own fortunes in mind, Oscar if handed the opportunity of a lifetime and a mission that could end his prematurely. Caught at the center of a prophecy and at the head of an impending war, Oscar is forced to find the strength to become the hero of legend, "Oz the Great and Powerful."
Born of one of L. Frank Baum's earliest Oz books, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a bright and fanciful tale, filled with fantastic visuals, charming moments, and complex characters. The latest endeavor from Sam Raimi, the film tells the story of a man who discovers the truth of who he is, while perpetrating a lie. James Franco (Oscar 'Oz' Diggs), Milas Kunis (Theodora), Michelle Williams (Glinda/Annie), Rachel Weisz (Evanora), and Zach Braff (Frank/Finley) star in this modern adaptation of a literary classic. Being a Sam Raimi feature film, several familiar faces make appearances in "Oz the Great and Powerful," including fan favorites Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi. Like most of Raimi's film portfolio, 'Oz' bears the signature visual complexity, dramatic intensity, and comedic wit inherent to most movies developed under Raimi's watchful eye. Even if you're not a fan of its cast or L. Frank Baum, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a fun and powerful tale, built on a whole lot of visual effects.