The reviews are in for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” the new Wizard of Oz movie by “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, and the verdict is not good.
Unlike the original “Wizard of Oz,” this version focuses on the Wizard himself, and how he got to Oz. It’s got a glittering cast that includes Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff, with James Franco starring as Oscar Diggs, the small time circus magician-turned-magical wizard.
While the movie has been roundly criticized for being all special effects and no soul, Franco is under especially heavy fire for a dismal performance.
Here’s Manohla Dargis in the Times:
“Mr. Franco looks pretty pained in most of his scenes… and it’s hard to blame him.”
And that’s from a relatively mild review.