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New 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Trailer Explodes Eyeballs


Welcome to Oz, a lurid CGI land where monkeys fly and witches exist, and speak almost entirely in hushed, hesitant, overly-theatrical tones, like crazy men whispering about the alien government's plots. And it's a land where eccentric magician James Franco is one day transported in his personal hot air balloon, and asked to fulfill the prophecy of murdering the Wicked Witch. Of course, as we've known since we were just movie-loving boys in 1939, it's Dorothy that will eventually show up to commit the various witchslaughters, while Franco's character is inevitably doomed to retreat behind the false power of a green-skinned "wizard" avatar, a displaced World of Warcraft addict in a world without Warcraft.

But even if we do sort of know how things will end up, this latest trailer makes it look like Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful might just have enough bright, shiny things zipping around/or exploding to still make the journey worthwhile--or at least sensory-overloading enough to seem entertaining. Plus, there's Zach Braff as a talking monkey, angst-filled and uncertain as he reaches monkey adulthood, so that should be something. Watch the new preview below.


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  • November 13, 2012
    That nightmarish winged-primate family tree debuted last week was but a portion of the trippy, lurid Oz: The Great and Powerful imagery to come. Here's the rest: a massive three-part poster featuring all the cardinal directions of witches, wizard James Franco, and, of course, t... / Continue →
  • May 4, 2011
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