A new trailer for director Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful has been released. Watching this trailer, I can’t help but be confused as to why three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) need the help of the Wizard (James Franco) simply because we’re going to the lame plot device of “the prophecy”. Theadora comments that she doesn’t have a broom, but–and correct me if I’m wrong–a witch is a woman who can do magic. So why does the entire kingdom of Oz depend on one guy showing up when there are three ladies who already have magical powers? As for the look of the movie, I’m seeing lots of special effects but almost none of Raimi’s personality. Billed as “From the Director of the Spider-Man Trilogy” and “The Producer of Alice in Wonderland“, Oz looks like it’s more from the latter.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Zach Braff, and Abigail Spencer. Oz the Great and Powerful opens on March 8, 2013.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Oz: The Great and Powerful:
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. 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. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.