A simplistic and predictable self-actualization of a douchebag in a magical world.

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.

Watching Oz the Great and the Powerful is like getting high on rainbow flavored crack. After a brief sepia introduction, the film whisks you into the technicolor land of Oz as a candy-colored wonderland with a yellow brick road paved through interesting flora and fauna.

But expectations aside, the film is still not good enough. It’s a just potboiler that mimics the original movie.

James Franco is completely miscast as the womanizing conman. My mind keeps coming back to Johnny Depp while watching Franco smirk his way through the film because Depp would have at least made this movie interesting. Mila Kunis’ acting is flat and the rest of the witches are bland. Ironically, the winged monkey and the doll were more memorable then the human cast.

The film eventually ends with the reformed douchebag saving the day using his same old tricks, but now for the common good. Of course he gets the girl and makes new friends.

Oz the Great and the Powerful would be good for kids, its exactly like one of those sugar coated colorful gummi worms. It’s pretty but empty calories.

My Rating: 4/10

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