Oz The Great and Powerful in 3D Movie Reviews
User reviews on Oz The Great and Powerful in 3D
I went to see the new Wizard of Oz film last night. It was pretty good! Lots of flash and dazzle. It did kinda drag at a couple of places, but nothing major.
It is a prequel to the one with which we're all so familiar. It's worth the price of a ticket.
Just a little note: this is over two hours long. While older children will be able to sit through it, small kids, probably not. Maybe because we went to the late show, there was only one child that I could see there. And it has a PG rating due to an adult situation(tastefully done, however).
I took my whole family to see this film and we all had a wonderful time. We saw the film in 3D and I definitely recommend spending extra cash to see it in 3D, it was totally worth it. The film was absolutely magic visually, my sister’s children could not stop talking about it for hours after, I love that it boosted their imagination. I enjoyed the story and I liked the cast, i think it was a great family film and I know that people will appreciate that. I think my favorite thing about this film was its humorous screenplay and I know that my parents,my nephews and their parents all found the film to be funny and that says a lot. Overall, I think this was a good film to see with your whole family.
I went to see this film with bunch of my friends because we all love the story and we were all very excited. Well, I thought the film was alright, I was actually a bit disappointed with the story and I did not feel an emotional connection with it. We saw the film in 3D and it was totally awesome but by the end it was a bit too much, the visuals definitely overwhelm the film. I wish the makers of this film actually focused more on the story and less on the visuals, I bet the film would have been much better. I did like that he film had some humor in it and I think it will please children and their parents, however for me it was not a winner.
Seeing this movie in 3D is a visual treat, but I dunno, at the end I felt like something was lacking. I think it's the story. It's kind of just another story about a mediocre guy who wants fame and power so he cons everyone into thinking he's some big deal when really he's just a huckster (i.e. Donald Trump). In the hands of a lesser director, I guess it would have been pure cliche but there are a few genuine surprises in the story which sustained my interest. James Franco is also hella cute, lol. Seriously. On the whole, I think that this movie is not quite up to the par of Avatar or Life of Pi, but it is still really beautiful at the purely visual level. The scenes when the movie shifts to Oz are just like the classic I used to watch every Thanksgiving with my family when I was a kid. It really makes you feel nostalgic. I would also say that the acting is first rate, especially Rachel Weisz.
To be perfectly frank, you know exactly what will happen the moment this movie begins. It's not for the suspense that you are watching it... it's like watching "The Hobbit" after "The Lord of the Rings". You know the big story that the is to come. This prequel is mere fluff and filler. But it is GORGEOUS to look at, something that many Hollywood films don't bother to be anymore. The thing that really set the imagination of yours truly on fire while watching this was how the film utilized such a magnificent color palette in realizing the dreamscape of Oz. It's almost like a Thomas Kinkade painting but so much more vivid and detailed. I literally didn't want to blink in case I missed even a second of the amazing visuals. Sam Raimi did a decent job with the story and the actors but the real stars are the special effects and layout designers who put this together. Visually, it's a masterpiece in 3D.
Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is a big (actually, huge) budget movie from Disney that tries to be as much like the most beloved movie of all time. It is and it isn’t, is all I can say – and not necessarily for the reasons you might think. When all is said and done, this is a satisfactory picture on its own terms. Viewed as pairing to The Wizard of Oz, however, it lacks the simplicity to make it a true classic.
As you might have heard, the Wizard of Oz is really a fraud. He’s but a megalomaniacal small-time magician who cons his way into power by perpetrating tremendous fraud upon those eager to be duped.
He is also a bit of a ladies’ man. Known in his pre-wizard days as Oscar, he is a sly con artist who finds himself the object of the competing affections of no less than three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glenda (Michelle Williams). They crave him not only for his hidden powers, but to see if he really will be the one to save Oz from the dark cloud of Evil.
The film works best when it focuses on Oscar’s backstory – where and why he came from and how he hopes to satisfy his own ego by conquering not just Oz but three powerful witches. It gets a bit too gimmicky when the witches start to try and outdo each other for Oscar’s attention, but Raimi knows when to rein it in before it gets too silly.
Then again, this is the story of wizards, witches, and yellow brick roads. Its somewhat disappointing CGI aside, silly is the name of the game in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
I saw this movie in 3D and I have to say that it really was surprisingly low key when it came to special effects. In a lot of the scenes you can tell the actors are superimposed onto a background. Surprising the effects were so lackluster considering this is Disney and an attempt to tell another chapter of the Wizard of Oz story.