“Oz the Great and Powerful” is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. It serves as a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and focuses on the origins of the Wizard of Oz.
The film stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician who is swept away to the magical land of Oz. There, he encounters three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Oscar, known as Oz in the land, becomes embroiled in a battle between good and evil as he tries to fulfill a prophecy and become the great and powerful wizard the land needs.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” features a mix of live-action and CGI, with vibrant visuals depicting the magical world of Oz. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a commercial success, grossing over $493 million worldwide.
As a prequel to the original “Wizard of Oz” story, “Oz the Great and Powerful” explores the backstory of the iconic characters and settings, providing a fresh perspective on the beloved fantasy world.
Duration: 130 min.