OZ the Great and Powerful (2013)
I was never a fan of the Judy Garland The Wizard of Oz, perhaps because of the endless repeats over the years. But I have been told the book versions are much better then the movie so I decided to go see OZ the Great and Powerful. The set up is interesting and definitely explains what happens in The Wizard of OZ. I think the birth of the Wicked Witch of the West is the best part of the film with perhaps the wizards turn to goodness the second best part. The visuals are amazing.
Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well. -- (C) Walt Disney
I laughed quite a bit although it seemed that James Franco aka Oscar Diggs aka Oz smiles way too much in this film to the point it seemed his go to "acting" technique regardless of what was happening. It is a good family film as well as something adults can watch without falling asleep.