Written August 28, 2015
Tediously long, and, with the exception of Rachel Weisz, atrociously acted. This movie stunk, even from a "family film" perspective.
Don't waste your money -- see it on TV if you have nothing else to do. The "experience of the theater" did nothing to enhance this film whatsoever.
Written September 03, 2015
Look, I am an Ozzie from way back. I liked the movie but I can't say that it was Fantastic. I tried to keep the expectaions out of it, but the movie had Disney written to into it I felt they should have backed off and let the movie just be the Prequel to Oz. I will see it again though cause I did like some of the special effects. Next time, WOW me!
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.