Sam Raimi's film boasts gorgeous images throughout, with skillfully executed digital and practical effects and artful use of 3-D. All the prettiness is a welcome distraction as it becomes clear, during the movie's middle passages, that our hero, Oscar, isn't quite up to snuff. James Franco is not a particularly likeable performer, and the story doesn't give him much, either. Oscar is essentially a charlatan during his adventures in Oz. He agrees to pose as the great and powerful wizard and makes the acquaintance of three witch sisters—Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Williams again). There's a low-simmering seduction vibe in several scenes, and an awkward love quadrangle develops. It never really plays, and it feels too low-stakes for the epic fantasy storytelling.