Written August 25, 2016
From the beginning one realizes this isn't yesterday's 3D! Perhaps even more so than the color portions of the film, the B&B 3D (at the start) was remarkable if for no other reason than one is not so distracted by the amazing colors later. During the remaining pumped-up color scenes the 3D was spectacular although I felt the backgrounds fell a bit flat.
The story is fun if a bit different than expected based on the "original" film. Given its length, I'm not sure much more could be done to create more interest in the characters; perhaps this will wait for the next release (spoiler alert:) since there is a witch waiting to come back!
Overall I'd say this is a very good film with excellent visuals including the monkey and baboons. I don't believe I'd necessarily take children under say 10 but the scary scenes are reasonably light and brief.
Go see this movie. It was fun!
Written July 26, 2016
I have been waiting for this movie for months and was at the first local showing. It's a good movie and the 3D effects are awesome. But, the pace of this story-driven movie was a little too slow for me; the back-story for the Wizard of Oz is now filled in. Based upon the trailers, I was expecting a faster paced movie and a little more action. Still a good movie and I think the kids will love it!
Written May 04, 2016
Great movie and not just for kids. I especially liked the monkey voiced by Zach Braff. It was cool to see what they came up with for the back story of the wizard and the three witches.
Written September 25, 2016
Great movie! Loved every minute of it. What a wonderful escape! The plot lived up to my expectations and beyond. A beautiful movie. The panaramic views of the world of Oz were spectacular.
The theme of the new movie had a lot in common with the characters in the1939 Wizard of Oz. James Franco is a cutey and so were all the witches.
Now, I'm ready for a remake of the Wizard of Oz.
Written October 29, 2016
Fun family movie, cute and cuddly with a bit of evil to balance things out. Not up to the level of the great Wizard of Oz, but works as a prequel to it. Don't expect to be blown away even though it is gorgeous to look at. You will leave pleased. Enjoy.