Oz-The-Great-and-Powerful-PosterSam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful finally arrives in theatres today, bringing to the multiplex one of the year’s first big-budgeted blockbusters, following the release of Jack the Giant Slayer last week.

Joe has seen the film already – you can read our review here – and very much recommends it. So if you’re heading out to the cinema this weekend, Oz the Great and Powerful looks to be a very safe bet. Raimi is certainly a master of the blockbuster, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s done with such a great cast.

As the film heads into theatres, we’ve got a new clip to share, courtesy of MSN, in which we get to see Oz and Finley discovering China Girl, voiced by the young Joey King.

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking – that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, 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.

Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz complete the leading quartet alongside Franco for Oz the Great and Powerful. And starring alongside them are Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer, Tim Holmes, and Joey King.

Raimi is directing from a script co-written by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole). And Danny Elfman (Spider-Man) is composing the score for the director once more.

Oz the Great and Powerful is released in 3D and IMAX 3D in the US and UK today, 8th March. Here’s the latest clip to give you some further encouragement, in case you’re in need of any.

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Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.