Oz the Great and Powerful

Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco) deceives Theodora (Mila Kunis) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz) into believing that he really is a powerful wizard with a few parlor tricks and the help of Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and one of the Tinkers. Glinda (Michelle Williams) faces off against Evanora, accidentally shatters the gem that's the source of her power, and Evanora's true form is revealed: an elderly, hideous woman. Both Theodora and Evanora are defeated and they escape Emerald City. Oz gives to his new friends some gifts: a "smile" to Knuck, friendship to Finley, a "family" for China Girl, a tool for fixing things to one of the Tinkers and his love to Glinda. Oz uses the same tricks that he used to defeat the witches in order to maintain the illusion that his "mortal body" has died and that he's a great wizard.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Oz gives his new assistant a gift, and leans in for a kiss. Both of them are seen to tilt their heads to their right for the kiss. The scene cuts to a wider shot, just before Frank barges in, and their heads are tilted to the left.

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Oz: I might not actually be a wizard...
Glinda: Yes, but they don't know that.

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Trivia: The wheelchair bound girl in Kansas who pleads to Oz to make her walk but Oz can't help, is played by Joey King, who is also the voice of China doll who has also got problems walking when Oz first finds her, but he manages to fix her legs with glue so she can walk again.


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Question: Why was Oz considered a con man? He was simply doing magic tricks, which everyone should know aren't real.


Chosen answer: I believe you are taking a very modern day perspective. In our era of technology, scientific advancement, and general skepticism about everything, we are pretty jaded and cynical about things like magic and paranormal phenomena. At that time and place, audiences were far more willing to accept the possibility of true magic and sorcery, and weren't as prone to disbelieving what their eyes tell them. A "con" (short for "confidence") man is one who attempts to gain the trust of another, subsequently using deception, fraud and/or trickery for their own personal gain. I don't think it's unfair to label Oz this way, particularly at the beginning of the film.

Michael Albert

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