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

The pieces to the puzzle that is Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful were just coming together, to be solidified and clarified with today’s new revealing trailer. And then this: a tantalizing splendor of new images and sequences that tease more of the plot but throw a monkey-wrench into the whole which-witch debate. James Franco’s Kansas magician is more like Dorothy than we ever knew: a mystical twister transports him to a strange land, where he encounters a witch (or three) and has to kill a Wicked one if he wants to acquire what he most desires.

Click below for a quick tour through the new promo.

Note the black and white, and the boxier frame, a throwback to the Hollywood days of yore and an homage to the Kansas sequences of the 1939 classic. We’ve seen these “I want to be a great [man]” scenes before in previous trailers, but the musical score here is much more heightened.

“I don’t want to die!” screams a terrified wizard-to-be, as his balloon is engulfed by the twister. “I haven’t accomplished anything yet!” An Auntie Em style prairie house is broken apart in the vortex, but the battered balloon stays in one piece.

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