A great 3D experience with vibrant graphics and art
5 March, 2014
Directed by Sam Raimi and Produced by Joe Roth, starring James Franco as Oz, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as the three witches. Released through Walt Disney Pictures worldwide. Based on the original “Oz” series of fantasy novels written by Frank Baum.
Storyline: Oscar Diggs (Oz) is a small time magician in a small circus entertaining people. One day he gets engulfed into a tornado that hits the circus and suddenly enters a mysterious beautiful land of fantasy land, the Oz. There he encounters two wicked witches Evanora and Theodora who rule the Emerald City, but trick Oz to believe a story that they are being threatened by another witch called Glinda, living in the dark forest. The entire township of Oz believe in a legend that a great wizard is going to arrive to save them from calamity and celebrate the arrival of Oz. Meanwhile Oz while encountering Glinda in her territory, discovers that the true wicked witch is Theodora and not Glinda. He falls in love with the beautiful Glinda and saves the people of Oz from the destruction of the other two wicked witches, through his intelligence of trick magic created through a projector and smoke device. Glinda ultimately gains the throne of Emarald City with the help of Oz, after banishing Theodora and Evanora permanently from the kingdom. Oz becomes a hero forever in that free kingdom.
Positives: The best thing about this movie is its exquisite graphics and screenplay. The rich colors used in the astonishing landscapes created graphically, simply leaves the audience awestruck. One would have a feeling of visiting such lands of Oz at least once in their dreams. The Art Director, Robert Stromberg should be specially applauded for his design of the sets. Great cinematography and music. Mila Kunis was too beautiful to be called as a Witch. James Franco’s performance can be treated as one of his best. One can enjoy this movie in 3D with family on a weekend and worth having it as a collection in their library for its lovely ethnic graphics.
Negatives: The movie somehow failed to take success path in countries other than United States due to lack of proper marketing. Many missed this beautiful movie in theatres thinking it to be a kids movie.
My rating is 3.75 out of 5
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