Written October 25, 2014
Loved this movie! As good or better than the original Wizard of Oz.
Fantastic colors, sets, characters, and costumes. Great for all ages.
Followed the original storyline fairly well.
Well worth the extra money to see in 35mm 3D.
Written September 15, 2014
Oz, the Great and Powerful 3D prequel to the one with Dorothy, is pretty much all that until about five-eighths of the way through when everyone sort of loses interest and kind of shuffles around in metaphysical 2D existential symbiosis until the last ten minutes or so when they all suddenly remember why they are making this movie: FRANCHISE!
Also, I thought Munchkins had "no tall people" in Oz's CC&Rs. Must have come later.
Written September 24, 2014
Great movie and not just for kids. I especially liked the monkey voiced by Zach Braff. It was cool to see what they came up with for the back story of the wizard and the three witches.
Written October 21, 2014
Loved the story and the message of this movie. Great screenplay by David Lindsay-Abair (The Rabbit Hole). The detail in the visuals is pretty spectacular. Huge shout-out to Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Zach Braff. Mila Kunis and James Franco were mis-cast, but did OK. As with many older Disney films, I hated the fact that the actors who are Jewish play a monkey and a witch, and that the only people of color in the film are servants and guards. This type of story telling works on a subconscious level to reinforce social stereotypes. Still, overall, the general message of the film that goodness trumps greatness, that everything you need to be good is already inside you, and that working together can accomplish great things are great messages. We need more films with these types of messages - yay Disney!!
Written November 26, 2014
Fun family movie, cute and cuddly with a bit of evil to balance things out. Not up to the level of the great Wizard of Oz, but works as a prequel to it. Don't expect to be blown away even though it is gorgeous to look at. You will leave pleased. Enjoy.