Written November 29, 2015
Was really looking forward to seeing this movie since the first first trailer came out. With great anticipation my wife and I entered the theater, found our seats-the movie began. Very slow to start-seemed to get less exciting as it progressed. The best part of the film was hearing the little kids laugh in unison at the funny parts and scream at the witch.
The real best part was when the credits were scrolling on the screen-and I hate scrolling credits. I was excited at the promise of this movie but I believe the leading role (James Franko) could have been played by a better actor like Paul Reubens or James Galdafini (can you feel the sarcasm?). The $20+ for the tickets and the overpriced popcorn and coke (which I must have) would have been better spent at a roulette table-which is where it will go next time. Wait until the movie hits the $1 theater then don't go. If you borrow it from a friend when it comes out on video...then that may be the time to see it-but I doubt it!
Written May 06, 2016
The acting, story line, and pace were not good. Mila Kunis did a good job, but the rest of the cast and the story were completely forgettable. This movie was a waste of time and money.
Written May 01, 2016
An Overpriced Underwritten Waste Of Time. If you're into a gimmicky 3D special effects laden movie, then Oz is for you. But if you want magic and the story and the chemistry, then save your money for a real movie. 3D effects and 1D story.
MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT. PLASTIC CORPORATE GIMMICK. NEXT!
Written February 05, 2016
Oz The Great and Powerful was good for all its nostalgia and vibrant colors and effects, and that's what I liked most about it. I found myself almost crying when I saw Glenda, grinning from ear to ear when the Munchkins came out, and when the Wicked Witch was borne into existence I felt chills go down my spine. But James Franco is a real clown in this movie, and always seems to have one of three expressions on his face: Cheek-stretching cheerful, brow-furrowing serious, or terrified and screaming. For a moment I could see him as Oz, but then he started speaking, and almost everything he said made me want to slap him and say "You are not Oz. Give me the real Oz." Though the supporting actors and actresses, namely Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, were nothing short of amazing and believable. Go for the nostalgia, be prepared for a few bad actors like James Franco and Mila Kunis, and you'll enjoy the FX, the splendor of Oz and have a good time like I did.
Written October 04, 2015
1939 Wizard of Oz has been my favorite movie since I was a kid. So,I had really anxiously awaited the premiere of this movie, and had hyped it up in my head. This could be the reason I couldn't shake the feeling of being let down. Overall I really enjoyed the movie. I felt that some of the scenes were horribly corny. Especially in the beginning of the movie. I saw that they were trying to pay homage to the original, and give people like me the sense of nostalgia, but also reach to newcomers and show off the new movie technology and 3D. I just didn't think they married the two quite right. Close but no cigar. I respect the effort. My only other complaint was the plot depth of the witches..that left me wanting to see a bit more of they back stories, to how they got to the point at which they were in the movie. Fell a little bit flat for me there. But the story is plausible, and did a good job filling in lines of how the wiz got there, and set it up quite nicely for Dorothy to arrive.