Written August 25, 2016
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 October 01, 2016
My wife and I saw "Oz, The Great And Powerful 3D" opening weekend. My wife is an avid "Wizard of Oz" fan to the point of obsession. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie. That is, what we could hear. The theater (AMC Grapevine Mills 30, Theater #7) was having audio issues to the point that it was extremely difficult to hear/understand the dialogue. I asked a staff member if they could look at it and nothing happened.
After we got home from the theater, I noticed that a friend of mine had just tweeted that he was in that same theater (number 7) the night before and they had the same issue. If they were having technical issues with the sound system all weekend, then they should have taken that theater offline. Movie tickets cost too much these days for moviegoers to endure a mediocre experience.
Written June 29, 2016
3 amazing women, a fine supporting cast and quality special effects do not make up for the fact that James Franco does not have a lick of acting ability. I'm hard pressed to think of a worse choice than him.
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 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.