Monday, March 04, 2013


Land of Oz: 1. Lorraine Keane; 2. FM 104 girls Katie Hanley & Eva McCarthy; 3. Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. (Pix. Anthony Woods)

The Irish premiere screening of Oz the Great and Powerful took place at the Odeon Point Village recently with a capacity crowd of eager movie lovers.  In the cinema now.

Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot - fame and fortune are his for the taking.

That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.

Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.