Written August 04, 2015
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 August 29, 2015
Good prequel. Excellent use of 3D. True to the Wizard of Oz story but still stands on its own. Good for kids over the age of 8; probably too intense for younger kids because of images of flying baboons (I may have nightmares about those guys!).
The CGI is a bit disappointing in some places, but positively magnificent in others. The acting is decent but nothing spectacular; won't win any awards in that category.
Written September 23, 2014
Having been going to movies for years, I wasn't really expecting a solid family movie with Oz. Yes, it was rated PG, but surely there was going to be something inappropriate for the kids. That's not the case though. This is a great family movie and it really stayed consistent with the original Wizard of Oz movie. I highly recommend this movie for Families with young kids (8 and older). There are some scary parts in it, but I would argue that they are really no more scary than the original Wizard of Oz. This is a fun movie for adults as well since it makes you remember the movie that you grew up watching once a year every year when you were a kid. Go, watch, and enjoy!
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.