Oz: The Great and Powerful is a visually stunning adventure that holds remarkable promise in its first half, promising greatness but instead settling for commendable, wondrous nostalgia. Franco’s serviceable in the lead, providing enough of a presence to showcase the film’s beautiful, spectacularly rendered visuals. This is some of the finest 3D work I’ve seen, something I don’t praise often, but there are some moments here that left me in awe. It’s enveloping, captivating, and entrancing. The story leaves plenty to be desired, and Michelle Williams should be in the film more (every film more, if you ask me), but the movie’s a spectacle, not a narrative force.
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