Sam Raimi making a dark prequel to The Wizard of Oz sounded promising. Then I started seeing commercials for the film. "It sure looks like Alice in Wonderland," I thought. This was not meant as a compliment. Sadly, Oz the Great and Powerful is an effects-driven mess that lacks the spirit of the original film. Put another way, the films Great and Powerful most reminded me of were the Star Wars prequels. Again, not a compliment. My review is up at Screen International.