Written December 18, 2014
Oz The Great and Powerful was good for all its nostalgia and vibrant colors and effects, and that's what I liked most about it. I found myself almost crying when I saw Glenda, grinning from ear to ear when the Munchkins came out, and when the Wicked Witch was borne into existence I felt chills go down my spine. But James Franco is a real clown in this movie, and always seems to have one of three expressions on his face: Cheek-stretching cheerful, brow-furrowing serious, or terrified and screaming. For a moment I could see him as Oz, but then he started speaking, and almost everything he said made me want to slap him and say "You are not Oz. Give me the real Oz." Though the supporting actors and actresses, namely Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, were nothing short of amazing and believable. Go for the nostalgia, be prepared for a few bad actors like James Franco and Mila Kunis, and you'll enjoy the FX, the splendor of Oz and have a good time like I did.
Written January 30, 2015
This movie was just so-so. It was slow in the beginning and grew more interesting later on. Still there was nothing about this movie that made it a must see at the theater. The story was predictable. The effects were good, but then that much can be said about many movies. Overall I would say don't waste your money.
Written December 22, 2014
Was really looking forward to seeing this movie since the first first trailer came out. With great anticipation my wife and I entered the theater, found our seats-the movie began. Very slow to start-seemed to get less exciting as it progressed. The best part of the film was hearing the little kids laugh in unison at the funny parts and scream at the witch.
The real best part was when the credits were scrolling on the screen-and I hate scrolling credits. I was excited at the promise of this movie but I believe the leading role (James Franko) could have been played by a better actor like Paul Reubens or James Galdafini (can you feel the sarcasm?). The $20+ for the tickets and the overpriced popcorn and coke (which I must have) would have been better spent at a roulette table-which is where it will go next time. Wait until the movie hits the $1 theater then don't go. If you borrow it from a friend when it comes out on video...then that may be the time to see it-but I doubt it!
Written August 22, 2014
The acting, story line, and pace were not good. Mila Kunis did a good job, but the rest of the cast and the story were completely forgettable. This movie was a waste of time and money.
Written September 21, 2014
I agree that Oz had some lovely visuals but that was not enough to carry this movie. The main characters were weak and not very enjoyable. With a PG rating, it was not a kids movie or an adult movie. I think the studio should have committed one way or the other. A little girl sitting by me kept her eyes closed and held her hands over her ears 50 percent of the time. And did anyone else want to fix that piece of hair for Michelle Williams??