Oz the Great and Powerful
|Name:||Oz the Great and Powerful|
|Creator:||Sam Raimi (director)|
Joe Roth (producer)
Mitchell Kapner & David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
Mitchell Kapner (story by)
Oz series by L. Frank Baum
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||IMDB profile, Oz the Great and Powerful at Wikipedia|
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Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film as a prequel to the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film which is based on the novels by L. Frank Baum. A sequel has already been announced for the film.
It takes place 20 years before the events of the original novel, Oz the Great and Powerful focuses on the origin of the Wizard of Oz, whose real name is revealed to be Oscar Diggs, and who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches: Theodora (the Wicked Witch of the West whose non-canon origin is elaborated upon), Evanora (the Wicked Witch of the East), and Glinda. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz, while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself with the help of his trusty flying monkey, Finley and a young china doll, China Girl.
- James Franco as Oscar Diggs aka "Oz", a womanizing con artist and stage magician who is whisked away to the Land of Oz
- Mila Kunis as Theodora, who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West
- Rachel Weisz as Evanora, who is revealed to be the Wicked Witch of the East
- Michelle Williams as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South,
- Williams also plays Annie, Dorothy Gale's future mother
- Zach Braff as the voice of Finley, Oz's loyal flying monkey
- Bill Cobbs as the Master Tinker, leader of the Tinkers who are ruled by Glinda
- Joey King as the voice of China Girl, a living china doll whose whole town, China Town, was destroyed by the Wicked Witch
Oz the Great and Powerful fandom is fairly small, probably due to the mixed reviews the film received. The fandom is mainly found at FanFiction.net and Archive of Our Own, with gifs and art posted on Tumblr.
The film generates a lot of mixed reviews, as stated above, mainly for casting of Mila Kunis and James Franco as the Wicked Witch and the Wizard - a lot of people dislike them and didn't believe they did a good job while others thought they did a good job. Michelle Williams has also garnered mixed feelings as well. Otherwise, the plot is often disliked. This usually leads to some character bashing happening between all the Wizard of Oz fandoms, for example Wicked and the 1939 film of Wizard of Oz.