As soon as I saw the first preview for Oz the Great and Powerful, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I nudged my daughter towards characters in the previews she’d like to engage her interest as well. Embarrassingly between the initial discovery, and when it reached theaters, I completely forgot why I needed to see it. Luckily, the drive to catch it on the big screen remained.
Part way through the stylized opening credits, what made the latest version of this famous fantasyland a must see appeared on screen.
“Directed by Sam Raimi”
That was the big draw. I needed to know how the sensibilities of the guy who brought us the most awesome movie ever: Evil Dead II, would infuse this renowned, recognizable realm with his style. Especially when Oz was already likely to be getting massive style infusions from Disney this time around.
Amazingly, while there were pieces that clearly bore the fingerprints of each of them creatively, somehow it all managed to fit together impressively.