Written June 01, 2016
I've waited a couple of years for this movie to come out. I wanted to be the 1st person to see this movie. I took PTO on my job just to see this movie. I've seen an early screening of "Oz the Great & Powerful" at 8pm on March 7th, and I must tell you this is absolutely the very best fantasy movie I've ever seen! I won't throw you any spoilers. It was so incredible how they used lots of elements from the 1939 "Wizard Of Oz" movie to tie into this prequel. It all fits and makes since like a puzzle. Their was a lot of humor, special effects and action to keep your eyes opened and interested from the very start to the very end of this movie! There is even a joke within the middle of the movie for it not being a musical like the 1st movie. All actors done a terrific job especially James Franco. Didn't know Franco could be such a humorous actor! This movie is too great to watch as a DVD rental. You absolutely must see this movie in a theater in 3D as soon as possible or you may regret it!
Written August 30, 2015
Did you like the film?
I enjoyed this film immensely. I feel that it will become an instant Disney classic and that Oz fans will love it.
What'd you think of the acting, directing, cinematography, writing, etc?
For the most part, I felt the acting was very good. My favorite character(s) were Theodora/The Wicked Witch of The West, Finley and China Girl. Those were also Robert's (my boyfriend) favorite characters. And the stand-out character for me, was Theodora/The Wicked Witch of The West played by Mila Kunis. I enjoyed the cinematography and CGI that they used which was mixed with real sets. China Girl was definitely the highlight of the CGI and she looked absolutely beautiful. The writing/dialog was also very well done.
Is this for kids, adults, any age?
If your child can watch "The Wizard of Oz", then I see no reason why they can't see this film.
Overall I give this film a 9/10 rating and highly recommend it.
Written June 03, 2015
First of all, this is not a remake of the classic movie, it is a different part of the story. It is magical, and fun and colorful and yes, over-acted, but it works for the most part. My boys, ages 12 and 10 really liked it.
Written May 27, 2016
This is a great addition to the Wizard of Oz collection. I am an Oz buff and have dozens of collectibles. For those of you who do not think it ties in with the original you are sadly mistaken.
I though Disney did a great job of coming up with an entertaining movie, colorful, humerous and a movie that is well worth seeing on the big screen. I do not recommend it for really young kids unless you know your kids really well. There were some frightening scenes with the dark forest and the flying monkeys. GO SEE IT while it is still at the movies.
Written June 27, 2016
Some reviewers said they were disappointed because of "adult humor". Besides the comment about the sock being on the door (which wasn't that bad because there was nothing really going on), there wasn't really any adult humor that I noticed.
Was it as good as the original? Let's get serious! The Wizard of Oz is a classic and no one should be expecting this movie to compare to it. It was however, a very enjoyable movie to watch. My children loved the monkey, the munchkin named Nook, and the china doll characters. They were the real comedy in the movie.
It might not be the reincarnation of the Wizard of Oz, but it was a fun night out. I will be buying the movie on Dvd so I can watch it with my family again.