Director Sam Raimi brings us the visually enchanting prequel to the “The Wizard of Oz” in this colorful and CGI-packed film.
Making minimal use of the 3D feature, Raimi gives us the back story of Oscar Diggs a.k.a Oz in black and white and in a small screen.
Played by James Franco; Oz turns out to be a flirtatious, fraudulent, low-earning, carnival magician who’s only redeeming quality is a desire to do great things. After his heart is broken by Annie, played by Michele Williams, he is transported from Kansas to the wonderful Land of Oz on a hot air balloon via tornado.
His arrival in the Land of Oz overwhelms the senses as the screen becomes wide and colorful imagery and costumes fill the screen.
Even the heartbreak is not enough to get sympathy from viewers for Oz. Franco was a poor choice to play the magician. The digitally created china girl and flying monkey Finley do a better job of educing emotion from the audiences. The movie could have done without Knuck, played by Tony Cox, whose attempt to be funny was overdone.