Your wildest dreams are about to come true in the most terribly great way possible…
A trailer for the new epic Oz The Great And Powerful has arrived about a year early of the actual film release. The clip takes a colorful and CGI’d new look at the land before Dorothy arrives.
Of course, when you start stirring the water of a classic like The Wizard of Oz, expectations are massive to wow the audience. A reaction is either all or nothing.
Luckily, this new film delivers on all sorts of levels, easily establishing itself as the film to see next year.
The trailer seems to take everything that was magical, yet terrifying about the original and jack it up about ten levels of awesomeness.
For starters, the cast is top notch. James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams lead the way into the reworked fairytale land. Other than the cast, including Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff, everyone appears to be made by a computer.
The modern day cult director Sam Raimi, creator the non-Emma Stone Spiderman series, holds the director reins in for the film. And, if the trailer is any indication – beginning, middle, and end – he handled it with the charm and ease of the pro that he is.
“Kansas is full of good men. I don’t want to be a good man,” Franco reads. “I want to be a great one.”
Like the original, everything pre-tornado is in black and white to contrast with the vibrant Oz.
Franco – aka Oz - arrives via hot air balloon (the same one that Dorothy tries to leave on in the original). This fantasyland, by the way, seems like the Mad Hatter himself constructed it. Immediately Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland comes to mind…
There are biting flowers, flying fairies, and returning favorites like the soldiers and the flying monkeys. It’s not all insanity, though. As Kunis informs us, it’s just a typical day in the life for where the film takes us…
“You’re in Oz,” she said.
And… Just when you think it’s over, a green witch slams in on a table, and scrapes its black nails across the surface.
Oz The Great And Powerful swoops into theaters on March 8, 2013.