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 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 April 30, 2016
Very well made and entertaining. Some what long- could have cut about 20-30 minutes from the film to make it better. Story wasn't too much and writing seemed a little week. Good casting- especially Michelle Williams and Zack Braff.
Written May 04, 2016
The movie was very good and it being in 3D added a lot to the already fantastic experience. The effects were great and jumping out of my seat was a frequent occurrence. I would recommend the movie to anyone. It couldn't have been better. The acting was great, and the movie is great for kids and adults.