Written April 21, 2015
Took my Grand kids, ages 9 and 15 and they both loved it - was a little long and dragged somewhat in the middle but excellent family entertainment. Had to buy my Granddaughter the China Girl Doll afterwords, they are very hard to find.
Written January 27, 2015
I really enjoyed watching the movie in IMAX and 3D, I was delighted at the black and white beginning that transitioned to the spectacular color of Oz. The characters were very beliievable and I was drawn into the story. I watched it with my 5 year old daughter and it was delightful to see her react to the scenes. I will cherish this movie for the rest of my life since I was able to share it with her.
Written December 22, 2014
The Effects were incredible...
May be a bit to much for younger children (say under 13-14)
Seen it in IMAX 3D and regular 3D...
IMAX is the way too go ~ It's worth the extra few bucks if you have it.
Now if they would just get WICKED on the Big Screen!
Written September 21, 2014
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 March 09, 2013
I loved the graphics and all the bells and whistles. The storyline could have been better. The witches power wasn't in her necklace in the original wizard of oz. it was in her ruby red shoes that the farmer chick landed her house on. The wizard wizard was less than expected. I was hoping he would somehow be great and powerful, but all he wanted was some ass. The final scenes of the movie was good though. If you loved the Wizard of OZ, you must see this movie. I just wish they would have followed the original storyline more.