Oz: The Great and Powerful
Raimi keeps his soul whilst delivering a luscious and enthusiastic take on Oz.
Unlike Burton’s Alice, Raimi entertains the young and old – even if the tone shifts constantly. Family film? Comedy? Horror?
Not so much the latter, yet the film’s shocks are genuine and welcome.
The cast are game. Braff’s Finley scores highest points for bringing a surprising level of depth to the role.
However, depth is the key issue. With Weisz, Williams & Kunis to hand, more should and could have been explored.
Although heavy on the 3D, the film contains enough brains with dazzle to entertain well.
TL;DR: Oz: The Colourful and Moody
CAST: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams
DIRECTOR: Sam Raimi
SYNOPSIS: A small-time magician arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide if he will be a good man or a great one.