Written February 08, 2016
Very entertaining! I love to watch fantasy films, the CG graphics are great and I enjoy the storyline! It's probably not something I'd let any child see though (even though the rating is PG - ratings are pathetic these days) - there are some disturbing scenes that may cause a young child to have bad dreams. Also, if you are a religious family and your child isn't mature/knowledgeable enough about witchcraft and the like, you may want to explain some things before/after the show.
Written August 05, 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.
Written July 30, 2015
Although visually stunning, this film suffers from the terrible miscasting of James Franco as Oz which dooms it from the very beginning. I really wanted to care about the Oz character and really wanted to feel his transformation but at the end, I didn't care. The writing/story is pretty clunky but I feel this could have been less of an issue with a more likable Oz. Some of the animation/live action didn't mesh very well so there is a nagging reminder of the filmmaker's hand. Michelle Williams brings vulnerability and pragmatism to the role of Glinda. China doll and Findlay the monkey are the hidden treasures among the cast. The movie was okay but it could have been so much better.
Written September 03, 2015
3 amazing women, a fine supporting cast and quality special effects do not make up for the fact that James Franco does not have a lick of acting ability. I'm hard pressed to think of a worse choice than him.
Written November 29, 2015
The 3D version is very good - great special effects. I thought though that it was slow at the beginning and picked up once M. Kunis turned evil. Michelle Williams is fantastic in this movie. She plays Glinda perfectly. Some connections to the original Oz throughout.