Written March 11, 2013
The acting was sub-par, the casting was horrendous and the effects were less than stellar. 1/4 of the way through I told my husband how disappointed I was in the movie. And that attitude never changed. I was all set to LOVE this movie, being an avid Oz buff....but this just didn't do it for me. The story line was rushed, as if they were just trying to get all the characters introduced quickly so they could get on with it and meet the next character. The dialog was rough and uncomfortable, the natural, believable flow of conversation was not there. You never got lost in the movie, you were always very well aware that these were actors playing a role--they reminded you at every turn.
This is the FIRST movie that I've ever been so disappointed by. I might suggest it for a (much) younger crowd of elementary school kids because they're the only ones that don't care about the actual acting, but the story itself wasn't very good either!! Ugh. What a waste of time and very underwhelming.
Written June 26, 2016
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 June 25, 2016
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 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 :)