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
Written October 20, 2014
So many oh no's? They have to be coming from a non fan of The Wizard Of Oz!
This movie (prequel) is for us the true fans of the movie to understand how the man from Kansas got to Oz in the first place and this movie does just that.
Entertaining through and through. Great plays on The Wizard of Oz.
I laughed out loud, and applauded the end.
Loved it. You must see if you are a true Oz fan!
Written October 21, 2014
The 3D version is very good - great special effects. I thought though that it was slow at the beginning and picked up once M. Kunis turned evil. Michelle Williams is fantastic in this movie. She plays Glinda perfectly. Some connections to the original Oz throughout.
Written October 02, 2014
I really wanted to love this movie. I've been an Oz fan for my entire life, the books, the original movie and so on. I really expected Disney could do it justice.
While parts were wonderful, such as the wizard's final trick, it seemed as though too much effort was expended to produce some wiz-bang 3-D effects and not enough time developing dialog or characters we care about. They had plenty of character material at their disposal in the 14 L. Frank Balm books. There were no witty lines for us to repeat endlessly as we continue to do the lines from the 1939 version. The musical score was dull and forgetable, the costuming uninspiring and why they felt the need to introduce adult relationships to what should be a child's movie escapes me. There really was very little for the kids to enjoy. I heard a couple laughs from the children in the theater but mostly I think they too were waiting for it to get good.
The 1939 version continues to reign supreme in Oz.
Written October 01, 2014
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 :)