Written July 28, 2016
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 August 28, 2016
Franco was a terrible choice as Oz and delivered a forgettable thin performance. The plot was cute but unsuspenseful as anyone who saw the original new who would live and how it would turn out. Strictly for kids. This did not bridge any age groups as far as I could see. The new Alice In Wonderland was more interesting plotwise and better acted although just as pretty to view. Its sad that so much creativity in terms of animation, costuming, etc. is wasted on old stories and themes instead of newly created plots and concepts. An example of this level of craftmanship well used would be Avatar. It will make some money, but all this effort should really be toward much loftier goals than building already established brands and entrenched stories.
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 May 02, 2016
Except for Avatar, this is the finest visual film ever made! Avatar made 2.8 billion world wide and I expect this film to come in second. The script is outstanding. The actors carefully picked. The visual effects are just like Avatar and I'm really glad I saw it in 3D. The story might go along with Judy Garland's "The wizard of Oz;" otherwise, there are no similarities. This film is visually wonderful. Even the opening reeked of amazing talent. They had to spend $200 million plus making this film and it shows. This is a must see for the whole family and you will not be disappointed.
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.