Written July 03, 2015
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT. FIRST MOVIE I HAVE BEEN TO IN A LONG TIME WHERE PEOPLE LAUGHED, JUMPED OUT OF THIER SEATS AND CLAPPED AT THE END. WOULD SEE IT AGAIN!!! ADVISE SEE IT IN 3d.
Written September 01, 2015
Decent movie but starts slowly. The B and W scenes go on way too long and even after arriving in OZ it doesn't get interesting until well into the story. But it is a nice prequel to he classic original and the evil sisters back story is the redeeming factor in an otherwise fluffy display of special effects. 3 out of 5 stars.
Written November 28, 2015
I was disappointed, I love James Franco and he did a good job but I almost think Johnny Depp would have given the character a little more animation. The wicked witches were horrible!!!!! Could have found better actresses that could come across as really evil. they just didn't do it for me at ALL. However Glinda was perfect. The story was cute, but a little too long, thought there could have been a few more one liners to lighten it up a bit especially with the little flying monkey. Too much was going on, and it was too choppy. Tried to shove too many things in and neglected the storyline. I think it should have ended back in Kansas with Oz and Glinda living "Happily Ever After". The 3D was awesome though.
Written March 09, 2013
What a total and complete waste of time and money. Even youngsters will find it difficult to sit through! Poor acting. Franco at his worst. Story line non-existent. Special effects limited. There was no need to make it or see it in 3D. Would have walked out, my took a group of younsters from my community so we sat through it with alot of shuffling in our sears, taking bathroom breaks, etc. Two of the kids felt asleep. Others were reading their smartphone messages and surfing the web. I usually don't condone these phone behaviours in a film house but the film was totally mindless. Way, way off the mark.
Written October 22, 2014
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!