Written August 28, 2015
I will give this movie 5 stars. Excellently done - the special effects were incredible (I liked the 3D effect - had never seen that before). The closeness to the original was a nice touch - the actors did a wonderful job. The colors were incredible - this movie will definitely become part of my DVD collection when it comes out. I know my grand kids will love it. My girl friend and I went and saw it and she had seen a review that gave the movie a C-. well folks I am going to give it an A+. The people in the theater ranged from probably 7 years of age to over 70 years of age. And everyone absolutely enjoyed it. If you are a WIZARD OF OZ fan this is a must see movie,
Written November 29, 2015
Oz, the Great and Powerful, actually references the first Wizard of Oz movie, rather than L. Frank Baum's book as has sometimes been stated. Regardless, except for the good special effects, I was unimpressed by this movie. The flying monkey and the China girl seemed contrived, nauseatingly hokey, and totally superfluous to the plot. The flying monkey resembled the flying monkeys in the first Oz movie, but there were no others like him and then there were those evil flying baboons? What's up with that? It made no sense. Many parts of the movie dragged on. Too much time was spent establishing the Wizard as a lothario and a jerk; okay, we get it. I agree with others who have said that the acting on the part of the leading characters was poor, though no one could fill Margaret Hamilton's wicked witch shoes. The plot and script were weak as well; the explanation of how the witches got to be the way they were just didn't work. I'm glad I saw this movie but I was disappointed.
Written May 01, 2016
The movie was impressive, in the way that they made the movie with special effects, I think that was one of the great things that I enjoyed about the movie. However I would have wished that they would have enhanced the storyline to allow the "Wizard" to have actual powers.
Written May 01, 2016
I saw this movie twice this week. Once on Tuesday with my son and his fiance and we saw it without 3D because neither of them like to watch 3D movies. I, on the other hand, love them. All through the movie I kept thinking how wonderful everything would look in 3D so yesterday I went by myself and watched the 3D version. Fantastic!!! Awesome story of how Oz got there in the first place. James Franco was the perfect Oz. I would venture to say he may well become the new Johnny Depp. It's hard to give a review of this wonderful film without adding a spoiler so I'll just close by saying you will love how everything leading up to the end plays out and how it relates to the future coming of Dorothy. Hmm...will Disney now do a remake with Dorothy and the gang? I'd go see it :)
Written May 02, 2016
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.