Written July 31, 2014
I enjoyed "Oz" although it didn't have the level of "fun and wonder" that I expected.
The characters were well played and the visuals were great.
It could have used a couple more songs, and the one by the Munchkins shouldn't have been cut short - it was great!
The "more for adults" theme was fine, and since most of it was "implied" kids will be fine with it.
The 3 D was excellent albeit short in some sequences.
I recommend OZ for an enjoyable experience.
Written July 24, 2014
After the first 45 minutes I was ready to leave the theatre. The dialogue was corny and juvenile, then I hear the laughter of some kids behind me to remind that this is for all ages. Once the action gets going it becomes a fun movie. I found the 3-D more of a distraction than an enhancement.
Written July 26, 2014
The story was well told, but I didn't find the witches all to compelling.
I liked Mila Kunis character Theodora early in the movie, but lost interest after she became evil. I thing it was a combination of so-so makup and writing.
I liked James Franco as Oz. I thought he did a good job.
All-in-all worth seeing though.
Written August 26, 2014
First, let me just say that if I was rating the movie itself, I would've rated it a "Go." With that being said, here is what I thought about the 3D aspect of this movie.
This movie is meant to be seen in 3D, period. It was that good. Sam Raimi intended the audience to watch it in 3D, and it shows throughout the movie, with well planned camera shots and angles. Not only is the use of depth present, in scenery and landscapes, there are also plenty of "pop-out' moments. It's not in the sense of things coming within arms reach of the viewer but in the sense that you can tell the objects are flying off screen, or sometimes at you, adding the "before the window" dimension to the film. At times it even felt like I was on a ride. There were no problems with the brightness either. I was able to make out everything in the movie.
Overall, I think it's definitely worth the few extra dollars to see this movie in 3D. No question. I actually want to see it again!
Written July 31, 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.