Written November 29, 2015
Oz, the Great and Powerful, actually references the first Wizard of Oz movie, rather than L. Frank Baum's book as has sometimes been stated. Regardless, except for the good special effects, I was unimpressed by this movie. The flying monkey and the China girl seemed contrived, nauseatingly hokey, and totally superfluous to the plot. The flying monkey resembled the flying monkeys in the first Oz movie, but there were no others like him and then there were those evil flying baboons? What's up with that? It made no sense. Many parts of the movie dragged on. Too much time was spent establishing the Wizard as a lothario and a jerk; okay, we get it. I agree with others who have said that the acting on the part of the leading characters was poor, though no one could fill Margaret Hamilton's wicked witch shoes. The plot and script were weak as well; the explanation of how the witches got to be the way they were just didn't work. I'm glad I saw this movie but I was disappointed.
Written July 03, 2015
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT. FIRST MOVIE I HAVE BEEN TO IN A LONG TIME WHERE PEOPLE LAUGHED, JUMPED OUT OF THIER SEATS AND CLAPPED AT THE END. WOULD SEE IT AGAIN!!! ADVISE SEE IT IN 3d.
Written September 01, 2015
Decent movie but starts slowly. The B and W scenes go on way too long and even after arriving in OZ it doesn't get interesting until well into the story. But it is a nice prequel to he classic original and the evil sisters back story is the redeeming factor in an otherwise fluffy display of special effects. 3 out of 5 stars.
Written November 28, 2015
I was disappointed, I love James Franco and he did a good job but I almost think Johnny Depp would have given the character a little more animation. The wicked witches were horrible!!!!! Could have found better actresses that could come across as really evil. they just didn't do it for me at ALL. However Glinda was perfect. The story was cute, but a little too long, thought there could have been a few more one liners to lighten it up a bit especially with the little flying monkey. Too much was going on, and it was too choppy. Tried to shove too many things in and neglected the storyline. I think it should have ended back in Kansas with Oz and Glinda living "Happily Ever After". The 3D was awesome though.
Written February 12, 2016
I'm a huge Wizard of Oz fan so needless to say I was super excited when Oz the Great and Powerful came out. In fact, I saw it with my best friend (also a huge Wizard fan) on the night before it opened in the theaters. We didn't see it in 3D however.This week we took our boys to see it during spring break - this time in 3D. All I can say is - Wow, it seemed like an entirely different movie. From the opening credits the movie just drew you in with it's 3D effects .We noticed things this time around that we hadn't noticed in the first viewing. I definitely recommend seeing it in 3D. Our boys (both 16 years old) liked it as well and were able to follow the storyline even though neither of them had seen The Wizard of Oz. We all liked it because the movie was entertaining and packed with lots of visual effects. I'd recommend it for both Wizard fans and non Wizard fans. A must see in 3D...