Written August 29, 2015
Oz The Great and Powerful has great things going for it. The visuals were vibrant and beautiful.The CGI is really good. This movie has the best use of 3D I've seen outside of an animated film (better than Avatar). It's worth an IMAX 3D ticket.
The supporting actors (especially the CGI characters) are excellent. Their dialogue, believability, and comedic relief are top notch. They make this movie very playful and fun!
So what's not so great? The main characters. Their acting, dialogue, and interactions come off as acting 101. There is very little character development. Franco's character comes off as one dimensional to a fault. Mila Kunis is not believable in her role at all.
It's a shame that the main actors do not capture the whimsy of the original Oz movie. Despite this, this movie is worth seeing. Just don't expect a masterpiece on par with its inspiration.
There are no scenes during or after the credits.
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Written December 23, 2014
Took the wife to see this with hopes it would do justice to the original story The Wizard of Oz, unfortunatelly with all the improvements over the years with special effects, and even the acting being better these days, this movie doesnt even come close to the original 1939 movie. The movie itself did have a good idea for a story, on how the Great Oz became who he is, but unfortunately they went in a disappointing direction with even that. The choice of actors and actresses for the main characters also fell short, for a movie like this, they should have did a better job with their choices. I found myself and my wife looking back and forth at each other for the majority of the movie wondering when it was going to get good, as it just seemed to drag, but will say the last half hour did get alot better, but not near enough or soon enough for this movie to deliver, I myself would give this 2 stars, and unless ya have kids dying to see it, wait for the DVD ......... Enjoy :)
Written September 23, 2014
The magic of "The Wizard of Oz" is nowhere to be seen in this movie. Not even a little Disney magic is traceable. There is no childlike innocence or quality to this movie, that we all know and love about not only the MGM classic, but the stories in general. The adult humor about "the sock was on the door" in the beginning was disappointing. Can't we have film for children to see without sexual references? In 1939 they made a classic that FAMILIES and people of every age still watch 75 years later! This movie almost seems to mock and be a disgrace to the legacy of a classic that all of us have loved since childhood. They made the entire movie a joke. It's isn't portrayed as a fairytale in any way, everything is a joke. They turned a beautiful story into a 2 hour long movie that was nothing more than bad humor and CGI. In 1939 they had it right. The leading people of the movie industry should sit down with their families and watch the original and learn a thing or two.
Written May 06, 2015
I did enjoy Oz the Great and Powerful. Yes, I've seen better movies, I've also seen a lot of movies that are a lot worse. I think that one of the elements that made this movies so-so for me is that I didn't watch it in 3D. It is OBVIOUSLY made to be watched in 3D. There are many scenes that I'm sure would have been amazing in 3D that fell short-of-the-mark in the regular version.
I enjoyed the actors, but there is something off-setting about the Wicked Witch of the West's face. It's almost as if she's had botox and looks plastic. With all of the advancements in special effects, I think that they could have made it better. I felt as if it distracted me and took away from the scenes.
I do recommend seeing this movie. I will probably go again, and watch it in 3D next time. I will definitely purchase the video when it comes out.
Written September 19, 2014
This movie wasn't just bad, it was awful! The best actor was the animated china doll. It was a struggle to sit through the entire film.