Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, James Franco
A visually ambitious prequel to the 1939 classic, Wizard of Oz . Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a carnival magician and small time con man who is swept by a tornado from Kansas to the magical world of Oz. He is mistakenly taken for savior of Oz and all he needs to do is kill “the wicked witch” who lives in the Dark Forest. Along the way Diggs meets a flying monkey named Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and a China Doll (voiced by Joey King) with his way hampered by t he three witches. Theodora (Mila Kunis) is a young woman who begins as good and trusting but transforms into the Wicked Witch of the West; the villainous Evanora (Rachel Weisz) ; and Glinda (Michelle Williams) tries to help where she can. The Munchkins put in an appearance but there is no Toto. Not a patch on the original screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic story but the computer imagery does enhance more than it detracts.