As a fan of all things Oz, I was so excited to see this movie from the very moment I heard about it. After seeing Wicked, the musical (which is darn brilliant), twice, I don't know what exactly I was expecting for an 'Oz' prequel as produced by Disney; but 'Oz: the Great and Powerful' did not strike me as particularly great or powerful at all. The story revolves around circus magician Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco), an arrogant and deceitful heartthrob going by the stage name 'Oz', who longs to be a great man (note, not simply a good one). When he is one day swept up into a cyclone and magically carried to the land of Oz by hot air balloon, he meets the witch Theodora (Mila Kunis), who, after just a few hours, develops feelings for him. When Theodora explains to Oz that there was a great and powerful wizard prophesied to come and save the land from the Wicked Witch, he quickly proclaims that he is, in fact, said wizard (when he knows very well he is not). Theodora (who, after having been lead on by Oz, is convinced she will be made his queen as he takes the throne) takes him back to the Emerald City, where her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz) is waiting to express her disapproval of their new wizard. But after discovering just how rich and seemingly royal he will be, Oz, still under the wizard act, acknowledges that he must fulfill the prophecy and sets out to defeat the Wicked Witch. Along the way, he meets his two adorable companions: Finley, the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff), and the China Girl (voiced/played by Joey King). The three later run into Glinda, the good witch (Michelle Williams), and together they head out on a mission to discover who is good and who is evil in order to save the land of Oz. To start with the positivities of this film, the visuals are simply astounding. The land of Oz is gorgeous and filled with bright colors and beautiful scenery. If you were to watch this film purely for the visional satisfaction, it'd check out as an A+. Finley the monkey and the China Girl are perhaps the best characters in the entire movie, both incredibly cute and able to evoke a good few laughs. The rest of the performances in this movie, however, fall short - James Franco is good at playing a role that is hiding his true identity, but (and perhaps this is not Franco's fault) Oz's character is quite unlikeable from the start and, while he might be dynamic, doesn't do much to change your first impression by the end of the film. Rachel Weisz is, altogether, the best actress of the three witches - Kunis and Williams just do not work here. The story itself is definitely not as heartwarming as you would hope - and, for younger kids, the movie can even be very frightening and confusing. All in all, I'd give the movie 2 stars - disappointing and not worth more than one watch.