Oz The Great & Powerful Trailer Brings Sam Raimi Back To The Mainstream

Raimi's unique visual style and a preoccupation with goodness shines in Oz reboot trailer.

It's been three years since Sam Rami got behind the camera and returned to his horror roots with 2009's Drag Me To Hell. It was a bold move for the director who had spent the best part of a decade developing and ultimately destroying the Spider-Man film franchise in Sony's eyes. His return to big budget mainstream filmmaking will be released next Spring and at the San Diego Comic Con he returned to showcase the first trailer for the film, "Oz The Great and Powerful" - starring James Franco as Oz, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as the three witches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88jsqCSc-fk From the trailer "Oz The Great and Powerful" is in keeping with Rami's strongest interests in filmmaking; a unique visual style and a preoccupation with goodness. From Ash to Peter Parker and now to Oz, Rami has always been intrigued by character's inherent struggles with being "good" and what exactly goodness means. And if we've learned anything from Dorothy it's that being good is always important over the rainbow. From the trailer the film looks like an impressive mix of practical and CGI effects. Think more Hellboy than Alice in Wonderland. The trailer is packed with images, characters and wildly different styles so, fingers crossed, Oz looks like it could be one of the defining films of 2013.
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Alexandra has written about horror films for the Toronto Star, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue and her own blog Scare Tactic. She lives, works and survives in Canada.