Written September 15, 2014
Oz, the Great and Powerful 3D prequel to the one with Dorothy, is pretty much all that until about five-eighths of the way through when everyone sort of loses interest and kind of shuffles around in metaphysical 2D existential symbiosis until the last ten minutes or so when they all suddenly remember why they are making this movie: FRANCHISE!
Also, I thought Munchkins had "no tall people" in Oz's CC&Rs. Must have come later.
Written September 20, 2014
There are a few really captivating, emotionally engaging, beautifully-acted scenes.
Then there's the rest of the movie.
It's incredibly slow and expository. I found myself just waiting for something to happen. James Franco is adequate, but the women are far superior, and the movie is completely stolen by the China Doll.
It is really gorgeous to look at and almost worth the price of admission just to SEE it. As a designer, the opening titles were incredibly captivating to me.
Written September 19, 2014
Fell asleep. Special effects were over the top. So was Franco's over-playing his role.
How come Glinda had no-lingering effects of being repeatedly zapped with green lightning? Oz mugged like he was going for a cross between Clark Gable and Gene Wilder. Overall, it seemed like a high tech melding of The Wizard of Oz and Wicked but with none of the charm and none of the great music...
Written September 27, 2014
The effects were great. The characters were very memorable. Children of all ages will enjoy the magical adventure to Oz. The story linked most everything from the original Wizard with Judy Garland. The only thing I didn't see was the story behind the "Ruby Slippers".
I will buy the DVD when available and enjoy the movie again and again.
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