Written April 26, 2015
I am a big fan of the '39 movie, if they ever try to remake it, it will never compare. But i am also a big fan of the books written by L. Frank Baum. (not all the crazy ones that were written by others after he died) If you are a fan of the books, you will like this movie :) There are lots of little things taken from the books and trying to figure out what they are makes the movie that much more fun to watch!
The scenery is beautiful, the baboons are scary & the witch is evil!!! What more could you want?! The 3D special effects are fun, if at times a little woozy making. It was very fun to watch.
The story was good & i liked the dynamics between the 3 witches. On it's own, it's a great film, but you have to be able to separate it from the '39 film, if not, you won't like it.
Give it a chance, you won't be sorry!!!
Written March 28, 2015
Truly fantastical film. The story was great and moved along nicely. I like 3D only to enhance the film not as a crutch to a bad story. This one was a fun-filled adventure for young and old alike.
Written December 26, 2014
Fell asleep. Special effects were over the top. So was Franco's over-playing his role.
How come Glinda had no-lingering effects of being repeatedly zapped with green lightning? Oz mugged like he was going for a cross between Clark Gable and Gene Wilder. Overall, it seemed like a high tech melding of The Wizard of Oz and Wicked but with none of the charm and none of the great music...
Written April 25, 2015
Franco was a terrible choice as Oz and delivered a forgettable thin performance. The plot was cute but unsuspenseful as anyone who saw the original new who would live and how it would turn out. Strictly for kids. This did not bridge any age groups as far as I could see. The new Alice In Wonderland was more interesting plotwise and better acted although just as pretty to view. Its sad that so much creativity in terms of animation, costuming, etc. is wasted on old stories and themes instead of newly created plots and concepts. An example of this level of craftmanship well used would be Avatar. It will make some money, but all this effort should really be toward much loftier goals than building already established brands and entrenched stories.
Written May 03, 2015
There are a few really captivating, emotionally engaging, beautifully-acted scenes.
Then there's the rest of the movie.
It's incredibly slow and expository. I found myself just waiting for something to happen. James Franco is adequate, but the women are far superior, and the movie is completely stolen by the China Doll.
It is really gorgeous to look at and almost worth the price of admission just to SEE it. As a designer, the opening titles were incredibly captivating to me.