Written November 22, 2014
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 July 28, 2014
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 August 22, 2014
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 March 08, 2013
It was not that good!! I was looking forward to this movie for so long and I'm so disappointed about how fake it looks ... Upset at Disney for letting this come out..... over all the actors and actress are great. Just graphics was bad !!! So sad.
Written November 29, 2014
I am a lifelong Disney person. but whoever wrote this screenplay and story had very little creative juices flowing. They used scenes from Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz, Diana Ross' The Wiz, Wicked and every other off to see the wizard show, movie and play. Although the special effects are Disney wonderful and costumes beautiful, the acting is predictable and almost laughable at times.