Written October 01, 2014
This is one of those films that left me feeling vaguely angry. Time and again it tries to BE something, but never is. Is it a child’s fantasy? Nope, trying to be more than that. Is it a comedy – throw in a few scenes and see if it sticks. Nope, the scenes are not actually funny – they’re just painfully obviously intended to be. Is it a scarier “Wizard of Oz”? Nope – nothing in the two hours plus of this film is as scary (or mesmerizing) as one minute of Margaret Hamilton cackling madly from her broom.
At the end it’s a sad, lost bully of a film. The kind that reminds me of the “bad” kid in middle school that wants so much to be the tough kid, but is so obviously a loser. As if knowing it has no substance, the film’s makers try to bludgeon the viewer into enjoying the movie with cool special effects, cute characters, a relationship to one of the best films of all time, and pretty people as the main characters. “Look at me, I’m great!” it seems to fairly shout.
But it's just a bully
Written January 30, 2015
The scenry and effects were great, flawless... The story was too sentimental and manufactured. I think it tried to be ALL things to ALL people too hard. Less can be more. A great attempt nd I hope it's a classic... Syrupy sentimentality is a trn off...
Written October 02, 2014
I really wanted to love this movie. I've been an Oz fan for my entire life, the books, the original movie and so on. I really expected Disney could do it justice.
While parts were wonderful, such as the wizard's final trick, it seemed as though too much effort was expended to produce some wiz-bang 3-D effects and not enough time developing dialog or characters we care about. They had plenty of character material at their disposal in the 14 L. Frank Balm books. There were no witty lines for us to repeat endlessly as we continue to do the lines from the 1939 version. The musical score was dull and forgetable, the costuming uninspiring and why they felt the need to introduce adult relationships to what should be a child's movie escapes me. There really was very little for the kids to enjoy. I heard a couple laughs from the children in the theater but mostly I think they too were waiting for it to get good.
The 1939 version continues to reign supreme in Oz.
Written October 21, 2014
Except for Avatar, this is the finest visual film ever made! Avatar made 2.8 billion world wide and I expect this film to come in second. The script is outstanding. The actors carefully picked. The visual effects are just like Avatar and I'm really glad I saw it in 3D. The story might go along with Judy Garland's "The wizard of Oz;" otherwise, there are no similarities. This film is visually wonderful. Even the opening reeked of amazing talent. They had to spend $200 million plus making this film and it shows. This is a must see for the whole family and you will not be disappointed.
Written December 26, 2014
Wonderful story; excellent visual effects and costumes. Many parallels to the original tale making it a great pre-quel. Full of messages on life and how to live with one another. Bravo Disney!