'Oz, The Great and Powerful': A deep dive into Sam Raimi's new trailer

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Oz — let’s just call him Oz for now, ‘kay? — awakes in a brilliant Seussian landscape, but his first contact isn’t a patch of giggling flowers. Scarlet-clad Mila Kunis introduces herself as Theodora the good witch. “She’s the first character Oz encounters when he gets to the land, and she’s just incredibly sweet, incredibly naïve, and just so believes that he is the wizard,” Kunis said at Comic-Con. But is she really a good witch? Play back her introduction and listen extremely closely: is the delivery oddly out of rhythm? “I am Theodora the good… witch.” Is it possible her sentence was cobbled together in post-production specifically for the trailer?

Good, wicked, whatever, Theodora has puppy eyes for the wizard, and on their journey to Emerald City, they level-jump with some camp-fire smooching. Director Sam Raimi described Franco’s magician as a selfish cad, and he doesn’t waste any time. “Where’s your broom?” seems like the Oz-version of “How you doing?”

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