This is not “The Wizard of Oz”, that many have grown up with but instead a movie of a man that would become the Wizard of Oz.
To be honest we had seen the bad reviews that had been put out from the film’s premiere and were worried about being fair to the film to the point of almost not going rather than to unfairly review the film based upon what we had heard. We decided we could be objective and went to the review and are very pleased with our decision.
From the moment the opening titles came on to the last credits of the film we saw no relationship to film in the negative reviews to this film on the screen. This film from its initial Black and White opening till its end is not only a good film it is 3D done right.
We often tell people of all that is done wrong with 3D because many films are 3D conversions not actually 3D films. Oz from the first moment the film starts rolling till the last letter in the ending credits is a true 3D film, and in our opinion, and we have been right on the last three starring Academy Awards winner, is a strong contender for best visual effects.
The whole film from the moment it enters the Land of Oz is filled full of color thoughtfully done as in an old fashioned Disney film except done in 3D. The effects are not heavy handed but done in a style that the children will enjoy and the parents will be amazed as to how did they do that.
We could see obvious sections of the film that you know are going to become Disney theme park attractions and definite hints of a sequel in the making. At the end of the film they almost directly hint at the sequel with, they will be back we have to prepare for them.
Never having been a fan of James Franco we were greatly impressed by him in this film, in fact we did agree that those that cast this film should get a round of applause for what they did.
This film is Disney at its best with all the things you would expect in an old fashioned Disney film. The audience of whom virtually no one got up to leave for food or bathroom runs laughed from beginning to end. There were oohs and aahs at the effects coming at you in 3D. In a room full of press people there was great applause at the end of the film and people staying in their seats to see every last frame of the film.
Even after seeing the movie in a press screening, we are intending to see the IMAX version on our own dime to see how it differs from the 3D version.
In final just a warning, get your food, drinks and make a bathroom stop before sitting down because once in your seat you’re in for something so special you will not want to miss a minute of it. Welcome to the Land of Oz.