“I don’t want to die, I haven’t accomplished anything yet!” – Oscar Biggs.
Here is a more in depth look into what we’ll be seeing next march as Oscar Diggs (James Franco), the man who would be Oz, embarks on an adventure in a land that might be somewhere over the rainbow. Sam Raimi, whose faithful take on the comic book universe impacted a generation with his Spider-man trilogy, is back to helm this visionary trip into L. Frank Baum’s world. His focus on the use of complex camera work to truly describe the beauty of Oz is apparent as we get to see more of its sweeping landscapes in this new trailer. Surely, when you see this preview in theaters and in 3D, it might feel like you’re being pulled into the story.
Oz the Great and Powerful tells the fantastical story of how a small town guy becomes The Wizard of Oz, as the failed magician’s hot air balloon is thrown into this strange land. The people of Oz, as well as the witches that preside over different parts of it, decide that he is the answer they’ve been waiting for, called to save them from the tyranny of the Wicked Witch. While Theodora (Mila Kunis) seems like the most authentic of the witches who befriends Diggs, Evanora (Rachel Weisz) is presented as the sort of person who has something up her sleeve and seeks to seduce Oscar with power. She literally gives him a room filled with gold; If that’s not a traditional signal of corruption, then what is?
Then there’s Glinda (Michelle Williams), the most known of the witches, whose “good” persona may be more keeping up appearances for the greater good when she encourages Oscar to embrace the idea of being the hero to people of Oz even when he isn’t sure he can be.
It’s the old power and responsibility story. And who knows that adage better than Sam Raimi?
Check out the trailer here: