Written August 31, 2015
My 6 year old daughter and I loved it! I honestly don't know why people are giving this movie such a hard time? It was magical, funny, and WICKED! We found ourselves laughing, crying, and even jumping with fear! What more could you want?! I def wouldn't recommend it to small children though. 6 years and up
Written June 01, 2016
I saw this film in IMAX 3D. When I saw the first part of the film, I thought that the film was one of those films that wasn't really made for IMAX but the theatres just wanted to make more money. I was pleasantly surprised when the film got to the second part because it took full advantage of the IMAX 3D experience.
This film is the prequel to the original Wizard of Oz as it traces the story of Oscar, a carnival magician who gets away in a balloon when he crosses (accidentally) the Strong Man. He gets caught in a twister (like Dorothy did in the original Wizard of Oz). The IMAX journey begins when he arrives in Oz and traces the story as how he becomes the Wizard of Oz and how the other characters came to be.
The acting was great, the 3D experience was awesome and there were some parts that can make you jump out of your seat.
There were some parts that, I felt, would be too scary for kids under the age of 10, but, otherwise, it's a good film for the family.
Written October 06, 2015
It was interesting, just not what I expected. I wanted something more suspenseful then what they did with the movie. I also did not love who played OZ.
Written September 01, 2015
This prelude to the classic "Wizard of OZ" is a beautiful and fairly well acted story on the origin of the Wizard and how he came to Oz. Seen in IMax 3D the movie looked gorgeous and the 3D effects were more of the Avatar model -- draw the viewer in not throw things out at the viewer (though there is some of that).
The imprint of the director, Sam Raimi, is unmistakable with his attention to story and story detail as well as a bit of visual slap stick thrown in. There are also unmistakable but subtle references as little treats not only to the "Wizard of Oz" but also to the previous works of Sam Raimi himself. However, if you do not know either, they are not obtrusive or confusing.
Franco tend to be Franco, but his onscreen/offscreen persona works in this role. Weisz and Williams give subtle and nuanced roles for the adults and colorful enough for the children. The only weaknes is Kunis, who has a very difficult role and story to play, and is not up to the task of the last third.
Written June 02, 2015
I enjoyed the movie very much. Watching it in iMAX 3D is always a visually stunning experience. There times that James Franco played his part a little "campy", but hey, he was a con man. The two newest characters, China Girl and Finnley were a welcome addition to the story. They each brought there own spin to the story. It was nice to have the illusion of how everything started prior to Dorothy showing up.