Trailer to Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful released - video
Full-length trailer to 3D Oz film starring James Franco and Mila Kunis released: will it be 2013's first blockbuster?
THE first full-length trailer to Disney's Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, is being hailed as a glimpse at "an action packed, eye-popping spectacle of a movie".
The film, directed by Sam Raimi, stars James Franco and Mila Kunis, with Zach Braff as a flying monkey sidekick, and is meant to provide the back story to the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland
Following a tantalising short trailer, released in July this year, the full-length promo (below) offers a more in-depth sense of the plot. The trailer begins in black and white, a homage to the original, with Franco's Oscar Diggs, a small time magician who hopes one day of becoming "a great man", embarking on a balloon ride and being engulfed by a tornado.
Transported to Oz, Diggs encounters three witches played by Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. They believe him to be a heroic wizard who, prophecies have said, will rid them of the Wicked Witch of the West. Hoping for adventure and gold, Diggs plays along..
The colourful world of Raimi's Oz has already drawn comparisons with Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland. Oz was produced by Joe Roth who also produced Alice. Disney will hope for a repeat of the $1bn Burton's film made.
But Atlantic Wire has already given the thumbs down to Oz the Great and Powerful, describing the trailer as "not good" and basically "a latter day Tim Burton movie without Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter".
However, Total Film admits that while these comparisons give Raimi a lot to live up to, the film "could be a pleasant nostalgia-fest for Wizard of Oz fans".
Indiewire says that already Oz the Great and Powerful's digital effects make Alice in Wonderland look "amateur". Oz has been a long time coming - it will be nearly two years in production when it is released in March 2013 - but it "looks like that time and attention to detail have certainly paid off because if anything, the 3D- and effects-heavy movie looks pretty damn great."