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 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!
Written March 08, 2013
This was a wonderful film that explains alot of how things came to be before Dorthy's arrival to OZ! Franco's acting was a little weak but I believe this was his first leading roll and he still did a very good job. The Cinematography and effects were great and at one point I was waiting for the THX jingle to play during the movie. Its a movie more for young adults and up, as it may be a little long in some points for the younger crowds.
In short, go see it, Disney has a good movie after a string of so-so movies. I recommend IMAX 3D if you can. Oh, and watch for all the cameo's.
Written November 28, 2014
First, let me just say that if I was rating the movie itself, I would've rated it a "Go." With that being said, here is what I thought about the 3D aspect of this movie.
This movie is meant to be seen in 3D, period. It was that good. Sam Raimi intended the audience to watch it in 3D, and it shows throughout the movie, with well planned camera shots and angles. Not only is the use of depth present, in scenery and landscapes, there are also plenty of "pop-out' moments. It's not in the sense of things coming within arms reach of the viewer but in the sense that you can tell the objects are flying off screen, or sometimes at you, adding the "before the window" dimension to the film. At times it even felt like I was on a ride. There were no problems with the brightness either. I was able to make out everything in the movie.
Overall, I think it's definitely worth the few extra dollars to see this movie in 3D. No question. I actually want to see it again!