Written July 29, 2015
Sam Raimi did a great job matching the flavor of the original movie. It's a welcome addition to the Oz story line and a great all-around fantasy film. The film runs a little long for young children and there are elements that can be extremely scary for them, but pre-teens and teens should enjoy the film along with the adults. It's not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination, there are many questions that arise throughout the film, but if you just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is, you'll have a great time. James Franco is a great choice for the wizard and Mila Kunis is amazing, by far the best character in the film. The film is funny, touching, exciting, and wonderful. Go see it now!
Written October 05, 2015
This film surprised me with its depth, deep emotion, great acting, exciting and compelling story. I honestly can say that my eyes "leaked" a few times or yes, I cried. I also exulted in excitement and enchantment and was surprised a few times, even disturbed, because the film does not spare us from the true nature of humans which means you feel the sadness, fear, jealousy, hurt, yet exultatation and excitement of the journey and some special moments of good, hearty, honest laughter. The special effects are dazzllng and totally work to tell the story. Now I know how the wizard of Oz came to be and I am glad for this worthwhile telling of his story, along with some shocking and revelatory moments regarding the 3 witch sisters, too! Go and see it: feel a myriad of emotions, be touched and don't be ashamed to shed a tear or two and be dazzled!
Written November 27, 2015
Pretty smashing! Great actor selection and the landscape was beautifully crafted without feeling completely unreal. I could have thrown out the heaviness of the whole love triangle nonsense... but the balance between the 3 witches is at least remotely tied to Baum's works unlike blatant missteps like "Wicked". The film does a great job of letting the Wizard's trickery be played to the fullest and watching the people of Oz get in on the act is great. I also liked the blended references like a lion that runs from a puff of smoke or the stitching of scarecrows. The soundtrack blended nicely - something Elfman always does well.
Written February 08, 2016
I set up an account just so I could warn you about this movie! It looked good on the previews, but we only stayed 40 minutes then had to walk out due to the really terrible acting. Maybe it gets better after the first 40 minutes... but that seems doubtful to me. If you have very little kids who dont mind terrible acting, maybe it's ok. But if have any desire to avoid really terrible acting.... here's a movie to avoid. Did I mention terrible acting?
Written January 28, 2015
This is a movie great for kids. They will be happy to see it. As for Disney, I think they missed a wider audience opportunity with this brand. Too bad cause I know there were about a dozen books about Oz when I was a kid. Too low in the age demo, bored to tears, wanted to walk out,