New Trailer for Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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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 KunisRachel WeiszMichelle 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.

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  • Sara

    The movie looks very good and the effects look promising but it seems to me that Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams looks like the only actors who look game in this film while both James Franco and Mila Kunis can’t even hold their own with them in a trailer.

  • Jables

    Dear god, now the plot line is on a prophecy. First it looked like Alice in Wonderland. Then it was advertised like Alice in Wonderland. Now it has the plot of Alice in Wonderland. I hate to be negative but there is no way this can be good. I was so hopeful with Raimi as director too.

  • Drod

    It actually looks good!

  • Oz-some

    Not sure why there is such a strong hate by the media regarding Franco, but from the reaction of twitter/facebook so early on, this trailer is already a hit. The trailer looks just perfect and so does all the cast members involved. The dig regarding Alice in Wonderland is pointless, fans of Oz and general movie lovers will see this movie regardless.

    It will become a epic hit no matter, how hard the media try to make negative comments about Franco or Kunis or anyone else involved with this movie. As fans, we all have our favourites for this move but again, the real winner is this movie will rule. I can’t wait.

  • Nicholas

    “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? She doesn’t really need a broom just because witches can do magic… Glinda didn’t have a broom in The Wizard of Oz.
    Why does the entire kingdom need one guy showing up when there are three ladies who already have magical powers? Well, the same way Neo was needed in the matrix when they already had people like Morpheous or Trinity. Or the same way Anakin was needed when they already had Yoda(!)

    • Alex

      That’s right. And saving the distances, it was also the same way the entire world needed John Connor to defeat the machines. Complaining about the prophecy thing is just pointless.

    • Anthony

      It is called a movie and it is made in order to entertaining people and not to ask questions like yours. You know that they are not real characters and worlds right? Anyway, have you ever watched a sci-fi/fantasy movie where there is no hero at all who save the world? And if your answer is yes… what is that boring movie?

      • flying monkey

        Any genre with a plot requires a reasonably sensible story-line even when it is dwarfed by production design, sound effects and CGI. So some grossly illogical matters do need answering. It’s what separates fantasy from pure nonsense. From the trailer alone Nicholas has not only detected an obvious hole in the plot but also a sexist implication; that it takes a single mortal man to do what three magical women can’t.

      • Nicholas

        I wasn’t criticizing the trailer, i actually liked it a lot. I was talking about the comments by Matt Goldberg about the trailer.

      • ScaredForMovies

        Have you seen The Wizard of Oz? I don’t like the line of reasoning behind “It takes a single mortal man to do what 3 magical women can’t.” Obviously the Wizard fails on some level and becomes the main villain in the classic. I think there’s going to be more to this movie than it seems from the trailer. I’m not saying this is going to be good but Goldberg needs to leave his a-hole commentary aside.

  • tommy

    Not sure why Matt’s hating on the trailer so hard. Maybe they didn’t pay him to like it.
    I’m definitely seeing some Raimi deadpan/slapstick going on. Also we shouldn’t really be questioning plot holes based on a trailer.

    • Guest

      Matt hates on it because that’s what he does to feel superior. I would love to just read a post from him without his condescending and smart-ass analysis. Hating popular movies and liking Oscar nominees and Indie flicks doesn’t make you different or smarter, just pretentious.

      • Alan

        Matt Goldberg is superior. How else do you explain someone being flown out to Scotland to take some tourist photos? Or publishing those photos on a website, even though he clearly has no training in photography?

  • JLC

    Eh, prophecy, whatever. The money shots of the Wicked Witch rising out of the flames and the hoard of Flying Monkeys/Mandrills pretty much insure a $100 million + opening weekend. And then Disney World opens an Oz ride they don’t have pay MGM royalties to use. It’s a win-win.

  • Ra

    it actually looks good.

  • Chachi

    Jesus Christ, Matt. Do you have the suck the joy out of everything you’re personally not excited for? The poster in above is right, don’t look for plot holes is a trailer. The one thing I took away from this trailer is that he is expected to be a Wizard who’s power outweighs the witches. Without actually seeing the movie, do we really need to debate this? And really, really? This is an Oz movie. Probably shouldn’t hold it on the same level in terms of consistent plot resolution as more serious films.

    Also agreed that there is Raiminess littered throughout the trailer.

  • Guest

    Matt hates on it because that\’s what he does to feel superior. I would love to just read a post from him without his condescending and smart-ass analysis. Hating popular movies and liking Oscar nominees and Indie flicks doesn\’t make you different or smarter, just pretentious.

    • Guest

      sorry for the double post – i don’t hate him THAT much! :-)

      • anthony

        I do. He is a just another douchbag film critic who needs to speak his mind so he can not feel lonely anymore. In another word, Matt is a cunt.

      • Greg

        anthony speaks the truth – matt sucks at writing these articles and Collider should just get someone better.

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  • Brett

    I liked the trailer.

  • flying monkey

    Any genre with a plot requires a reasonably sensible story-line even when it is dwarfed by production design, sound effects and CGI. So some grossly illogical matters do need answering. It\’s what separates fantasy from pure nonsense. From the trailer alone Nicholas has not only detected an obvious hole in the plot but also a sexist implication; that it takes a single mortal man to do what three magical women can\’t.

    • JLC

      But it also seems pretty clear from the trailer that at least one of the witches who is supposedly fighting the evil is really the enemy. Maybe the mortal man is needed to tip the balance.

  • Trickster

    Looks great!!! Fans of Oz are going to love it!

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  • terry

    What a load of cringe worthy crap.
    This looks to be another Ishtar or Howard the Duck.
    Count me out.

  • yurine

    The fight between Evanora and Glinda looks kinda cheesy

  • Grayden

    Maybe Goldberg just neglected to remember one key piece of evidence regarding the need for one man to do what 3 women can’t (apart from it being a plot device): These books were written more one hundred years ago when women weren’t allowed to do anything but cook, clean, and make babies. If the filmmakers are being true to the source material then it makes sense. Also, maybe it’s necessary since we know two of these witches are going to become/already are Wicked Witches. They could just be playing helpless. :gasp: Suspension of Disbelief!!!

  • Jake

    Matt, I always look forwards to any article you write. I think you’re fucking hilarious, and I respect your opinion, even though I don’t always agree. I think you’re 100% on the money with this one, however. Keep pissing stupid people off and making everyone else laugh their asses off.

    • Alan

      Christ, Goldberg has a fan?

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  • constance

    I’m a fan of Oz (the actual BOOKS), and no, I do not love this. Goldberg has a legitimate complaint. Why is it that these witches need some hack “wizard” (he’s a con artist) to save them? If you know anything about Hollywood, it’s because of their matching chromosomes. Women aren’t allowed to be heroes. Stick it, movie. I’ll continue waiting for a loyal release.

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