Written October 28, 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 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 September 28, 2016
This movie was just so-so. It was slow in the beginning and grew more interesting later on. Still there was nothing about this movie that made it a must see at the theater. The story was predictable. The effects were good, but then that much can be said about many movies. Overall I would say don't waste your money.
Written August 26, 2016
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.
Written January 19, 2017
This movie is unwatchable. What amazing potential to take this incredibly important character and expand on the Wizard of Oz legacy. But it went wrong at every turn. James Franco is completely wrong for the role with his smarmy grin and terrible acting. The writing is atrocious. The story line is terrible. (OK - what's with the sole-surviving porcelain doll that doesn't seem to care that her entire porcelain town has been destroyed?)
The Wizard of Oz is one of those great icons of American cinematography and this movie spat upon it. I can't say enough bad things about it. Don't go. Harold Ramie - shame on you!