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 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 December 02, 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 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.