In which Zach Braff plays a flying monkey, and other things happen.
I'm pretty sure I'm down for this movie. I've been hesitant, but I really dig the new trailer. While I don't actually love the aesthetic, it's vivid and dazzling and will look wonderful in 3D, not that muddled garbage we saw in Alice in Wonderland. I'm a big fan of Sam Raimi's goofy sense of humor, and all of the actors seem to be having a great time here.
I never know what to think about James Franco - that guy is such a weird mystery to me - but he has a naturally self-pleased, humbug air about him that will serve him well as Oscar Diggs, the young Wizard of Oz. And he's in turns manipulated and assisted by three of the loveliest and most talented witches possible, with Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis turning in performances as Glinda, Evanora and Theodora, respectively.
Also, Zach Braff plays a flying monkey.
Of course, regardless of what it looks like or even how good the performances turn out to be, this movie - as any other - lives and dies by its story. Of the two screenwriters, David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner, I know very little, but I see that Lindsay-Abaire wrote Rise of the Guardians, which Devin loved. And of course they're drawing from a very rich well, as L. Frank Baum did most of the heavy lifting here. The trailer and below images feature some of the fun settings and characters from the books that have been as yet unused in any adaptation, such as The Dainty China Country and the China Princess.
And we get both a Scrooge McDuck and a Muppet Man in the trailer, and you won't hear me complaining about that.
New images below. Tell me what you guys think in the comments.