Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American dark fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, from a screenplay written by David LindsayAbaire and Mitchell Kapner with music by Danny Elfman. The film stars James Franco as the titular character, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams with Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, and Tony Cox in supporting roles. Based on L. Frank Baums Oz novels and setyears before Dorothy Gales arrival in the original novel, Oz the Great and Powerful is a spiritual successor to the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. The film tells the story of Oscar Diggs Franco, a deceptive magician who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches Theodora Kunis, Evanora Weisz, and Glinda Williams. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz, while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself.
In 1905 Kansas, Oscar Diggs works as a magician in a traveling circus. An inveterate womanizer, Oscar flirts with the circus strongmans wife, and the strongman threatens him. Oscar escapes in a hot air balloon, but is sucked into a tornado that takes him to the Land of Oz. There, he encounters a kind and naive witch, Theodora. She believes him to be a wizard prophesied to destroy the Wicked Witch who killed the King of Oz and take his place the idea of being an immensely wealthy monarch makes him immediately accept. En route to the Emerald City, Theodora falls in love with Oscar, though he does not reciprocate her feelings. They encounter the flying monkey Finley, who pledges a life debt to Oscar when he saves him from a lion. Oscar reveals his deception to Finley along the way, forcing him to help maintain the lie that he is the Wizard, much to Finleys irritation.At the Emerald City, Oscar meets Theodoras older sister Evanora, the Royal Advisor. Evanora tells him the Wicked Witch resides in the Dark Forest and can be killed by destroying her wand, the source of her powers only then will Evanora consent to make him King of Oz. Oscar and Finley are joined en route to the forest by China Girl, a young, living china doll whose village and family were destroyed by the Wicked Witch. Oscar fixes the China Girls broken legs with glue. They reach the forest and retrieve the wand, but they discover the Wicked Witch is Glinda the Good Witch who identifies herself as the daughter of the late King, revealing that Evanora is the true Wicked Witch. Evanora sees this with her crystal ball and tricks Theodora into thinking Oscar is trying to court all three witches. She offers the heartbroken Theodora a magic apple that she says will remove her bad feelings about Oscar Theodora bites it and realizes that Evanora had deceived her, before she is transformed into a monstrous, greenskinned version of herself. Glinda brings Oscars group to her domain in the south of Oz to escape Evanor