Oz The Great And Powerful is a movie full of magic, adventure and fantastic creatures, chief among them a wiseacre flying monkey.
The film, opening late Thursday, tells the origins of the wizard himself (James Franco), and how he first came to Oz as a young magician. He encounters witches (Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis) and has a simian sidekick, that scene-stealing flying monkey, who is voiced by actor and filmmaker Zach Braff.
"It was the best assignment in the world for me," he says. "Sam Raimi (director) said he wanted me to riff jokes and improv, and to be able to do that on top of being included was such an honour, because that's my favourite thing to do.
"I told him, 'I'm going to pitch jokes at you like a fire hose, and you tell me when to shut up,' and he never did."
Wonderful to look at, Oz The Great And Powerful is a film for which 3D makes perfect sense. That's no accident, according to Braff.
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