Written December 18, 2014
I am a big fan of the '39 movie, if they ever try to remake it, it will never compare. But i am also a big fan of the books written by L. Frank Baum. (not all the crazy ones that were written by others after he died) If you are a fan of the books, you will like this movie :) There are lots of little things taken from the books and trying to figure out what they are makes the movie that much more fun to watch!
The scenery is beautiful, the baboons are scary & the witch is evil!!! What more could you want?! The 3D special effects are fun, if at times a little woozy making. It was very fun to watch.
The story was good & i liked the dynamics between the 3 witches. On it's own, it's a great film, but you have to be able to separate it from the '39 film, if not, you won't like it.
Give it a chance, you won't be sorry!!!
Written December 25, 2014
Loved the story and the message of this movie. Great screenplay by David Lindsay-Abair (The Rabbit Hole). The detail in the visuals is pretty spectacular. Huge shout-out to Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Zach Braff. Mila Kunis and James Franco were mis-cast, but did OK. As with many older Disney films, I hated the fact that the actors who are Jewish play a monkey and a witch, and that the only people of color in the film are servants and guards. This type of story telling works on a subconscious level to reinforce social stereotypes. Still, overall, the general message of the film that goodness trumps greatness, that everything you need to be good is already inside you, and that working together can accomplish great things are great messages. We need more films with these types of messages - yay Disney!!
Written October 26, 2014
I remember those 3D movies from 50 years ago where you had to wear the paper glasses with one red and one blue lens. Modern 3D effects are so much better and the effects in this movie add a lot to the viewing experience.
The story line is good, and pretty faithful to the 1939 script. I liked the many subtle references, such as the horses of different colors in the pasture, the Munchkins breaking into song and dance, the cameo appearance of the cowardly lion.
I am of the age that I grew up watching the '39 movie when it was aired only once each year on TV. (There was no internet back then, let alone VCR's). This movie is a pleasant addition to the storyline which gives some degree of understanding of what made the Wizard the Wiz that he is.
One minor quibble... There were no romantic interludes in the original OZ stories, because they were written for children, and L. Frank Baum said children weren't interested in romance. Other than that, this was a good flick.
Written December 23, 2014
Love the movie and better the second time and will see it again in theaters if one of my friends wants to see it and I will be buying when it come out on DVD.
Love the move very good and can't wait for the next one!!!!!!
Written September 19, 2014
We were a bit disappointed in the acting. The CG was excellent. Story line a bit boring. Definitely geared towards children, however, some of the big monkeys might scare a young child. Definitely not Oscar material but could win awards for the CG