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Oz the Great and Powerful

ages 9+ | 75 % Say It's Worth Your Time

When shady circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is hurled away from Kansas into the wonderful land of Oz, he thinks that fame and fortune are his for the taking. However, three witches -- Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) -- remain unconvinced that Oscar is the great wizard that the inhabitants of Oz need and expect. Reluctantly drawn into Oz's epic problems, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late.


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Genre: Adventure , Fantasy

Director: Sam Raimi

Producer: Joe Roth, Philip Steuer, Grant Curtis, Palak Patel

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Zach Braff, Mila Kunis

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  • (Male)

    ages 9+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Boring. Poor script. Lackluster acting. Cheesy CG. Not worth your time.

    4 Thanks ·
  • (Female)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was soo good! When I watched the movie, I felt like a little kid watching "The Wizard Of Oz". The whole cast is awesome. James Franco plays a great wizard. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Wesiz are the best witches I have seen. Zach Braff steals the movie as a very funny talking monkey. So Cute! The costumes are just gorgeous with stunning special effcts that are super cool. Check the movie out because you will not regret it! Go See It. :D

    2 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    James Franco is the best part of the movie, because he so terribly over acts. Wish Raimi would have been true to the original costume design for the good and wicked witches!!!

    2 Thanks ·
  • No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Honestly, I didn't finish the movie. I just couldn't get into it. I feel a movie needs a plot and artistic direction to be good, not just one. I was sad it didn't capture my interest. I had hopes.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought this movie was absolutely wonderful. One of my favourite things about a movie is to watch a character change, grow, and develop into the person they are supposed to be by the end of the movie. They did very well at this with the character Oz himself. It was also nice to put some background on the classic "Wizard of Oz" movie. This movie was also kid friendly, but had some intense parts that some kids might be sensitive to.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    The special effects. were awesome, but the story lacked cohesiveness.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Its fantasy and ridiculous. James Franco's character made no emotional connection to me, and I found myself not caring what direction the story went in. The visual effects are mesmerizing, but overall the entertaining conclusion to the film doesn't make up for its lackluster showing before that.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I couldn't get into this one. I wanted to like it, especially since it seemed like a visually fun family flick, but I was distracted by the cheesy acting and lost interest quickly. There are kids movies that work for adults too and then there are kids movies like this that drive some adults to boredom. This was one of those for me.

    I actually ended up falling asleep and never finishing it because I was bored.

    1 Thank ·
  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Oz-some!

    1 Thank ·
  • (Female)

    ages 6+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Horrible acting. Horrible script. Such a waste of time and money to see

    1 Thank ·
  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Probably worth your time once -- then probably not worth you time ever again. Most of the characters were borderline annoying. It might be too scary for younger children. Definitely had cute moments, and it was an interesting take on the Wizard of Oz story.

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    'Oz' is the perfect movie for families with tweens. We took a 6- and 3-year-old, and the witches and baboons were a little scary for them. The movie was fun, and it benefitted from some good humor and great performances. The monkey Finley and China Girl were standouts, and I liked Michelle Williams as Glinda. 'Oz' felt a lot like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but it was made as a result of that movie, so that is understandable. Not being familiar with L. Frank Baum's story, it was interesting to learn the background behind some of the characters we know from the original 'Wizard of Oz.'

    1 Thank ·
  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents should know that this film includes extended fantasy peril, action, and violence, with scenes of devastation and loss, jump out at you surprises, and scary monsters, some disturbing images, brief mild language, a character who makes advances at many women, and scenes of jealousy, anger, and sadness... See Full Review

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  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Unfortunately, cast wasn't an engaging cast. Could have done a lot more with this idea with stronger cast.

  • (Male)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    fun show not gonna be as good as the original wizard of oz but a fun ride

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Not bad

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Great family movie. Intriguing, finding out the back story prequel to The Wizard of Oz. I was skeptical at first, but it's well put together.

  • ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Not quite as great as I was hoping but I thought it was a good movie. I didn't like the acting of the wicked witch that much but I really enjoyed the twist at the end of the movie. I didn't see it coming and it made the whole thing worth it.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Not as good as the first, but what can beat a classic?

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This film was a lot scarier than a PG should be. Though it wasn't necessarily violent, there were some definitely scary elements, which is understandable considering it's not only the wizard's rise to goodness, but the wicked witches fall to evil. It's an interesting tale, but not appropriate for the young ones as portrayed
    Though the cinematography is very well done and some scenes visually appealing, others were very contrived; you can tell it was made to be 3D.
    Honestly I didn't like it at all. It ruined my perception of the kind old gentleman known as the wizard as portrayed in the original "Wizard of Oz". This film tells me in reality, he was deceitful and selfish, a young man only wanting to con the ladies and everyone else. A real disappointment.

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Unfortunately, Oz is neither great nor powerful. Franco is miscast as the Wizard, and Director Sam Raimi makes some odd choices with actress Mila Kunis. The build–up is nice, but 30 minutes in, the movie loses steam and becomes mostly hot air. The visual effects are great, but without characters to really care about, they’re like magic tricks without the patter — all show and no pay–off... See Full Review

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This is the type of movie that I would stick in for kids to watch and then find something better to do myself.

  • (Male)

    ages 3+ |

    good

  • ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This film was a lot scarier than a PG should be. Though it wasn't necessarily violent, there were some definitely scary elements, which is understandable considering it's not only the wizard's rise to goodness, but the wicked witches fall to evil.
    Though the cinematography is very well done and some scenes visually appealing, others were very contrived; you can tell it was made to be 3D.
    Overall, I would say it's an interesting tale for older kids and and the pre-teen set, but not appropriate for the young ones as portrayed.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Oz Great and Powerful had wonderful special effects and great actors to fill big shoes, but the dialogue was lacking and the storyline lacked cohesiveness. Some scenes were way to long and the characters seemed to work against each other, even when they were on the same team. I would love to have seen better character development. There was occurrences of profanity and love interest issues that cause one character to turn wicked. The title character does become a better person by the time the credit rolls, but by that time I had lost interest in the story.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Meh...it was OK. Special effects lagged in places, and while there was an unexpected plot twist or two, I can't recommend it. James Franco didn't bring much to the table. The whole thing felt like it was straddling being a kids movie and a more serious prequel to the Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, it didn't do either well.

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Cute

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Really good!

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I am a huge fan of the original Wizard of OZ was a little leery about this movie, but glad I watched it. They did a fantastic job with this prequel my children 6 & 4 were even interested in it. I still haven't had them watch the original but now considering it after their reaction to this movie. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it to young children of that age just depends on the children everyone is different.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    My review of Oz the Great and Powerful:

    1. James Franco and Mila Kunis were awful casting choices. Franco nearly ruined the movie. Although, due to the strong ending, I almost started to like him.
    2. Best actor goes to: the animators of the china doll and monkey bellhop.
    3. The actress who played Glinda was great. And I've always liked Rachel Weisz.
    4. The movie felt forced until the battle at the end.
    5. The production design of the physical sets and costuming we amazing. The CG landscapes, however, were just more of the same.
    6. I really wonder how the movie would have felt with Robert Downey Jr. Johnny Depp as Oz, as they producers originally hoped. Downey would have been very different, but much better I think.
    7. I really dug the big battle at the end, even the jedi-like witch fight.
    8. It was about what I expected. I wondered if it might be a complete train wreck, but by the end the wheels were still on the track and I'm glad I watched it.

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Cute movie. My six year old son decided it was too scary and he didn't want to see it again. My ten year old loved it. A lot of the jokes were very cheesy.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I think I would have been disappointed if I would have gone to see this in the theatre. But my expectations were low to begin with and I found this to be a fun PG movie. Could be scary for young kids, but all the content was very inoffensive. Worth a Redbox.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This film is a cinematic mirror of the Original Wizard of Oz in many ways. Like the 1st film the beginning is completely black and white. Like the first movie the main character enters into this new colorful world and has a learning curve before things really start happening for them. Many of the same locales from the first film are also present in this one. What this one has that the first doesn't is stunning visual effects. They went to the nth degree to make this as visually stunning as possible. Disney spared no expense in making every CG effect and character as real as possible. What is also interesting is the deliberate fakeness of the scenery of the film. In the first one it felt like you were looking at characters in a play much of the time. The new film mirrors that same effect a great deal of the time, only on a much more epic level. Another mirroring is the progression of the main character Oz. he starts out a a slime-ball shyster. But as the film progresses he gradually turns these weaknesses into strengths and wins against all odds. The message that a great person is great because he is good is featured prominently. Their are secondary characters that are just as endearing as characters from the first film.
    What is sadly lacking in this film is musical numbers. They actually use this to comical effect when the munchkins try to sing to Oz. Despite this I feel musical numbers are the only missing ingredient that would have put this film over the top; making it truly equal to its predecessor. While the story and many other elements of the film make this wonderful, the complete lack of iconic memorable music will relegate this film to the trash heap of forgetfulness (Along with the many other attempted sequels) in the minds of the general public.
    This film is a solid PG. Some imagery will seem quite menacing to little ones. Witches and flying Baboons were used to good effect.
    All in all a great film and worth seeing multiple times.

  • (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed learning how the Oz became the Wizard of Oz. It is a little scary for younger kids and I thought that Theodora was a little over the top when she turned green.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The thing that suprised me most about this film is that it seems to have been made for a much younger audience than I was expecting. The best kid flicks appeal to a much wider age range, and "Oz" failed in this aspect.

    With the exception of Rachael Wiesz, the acting gets a solid "C" grade. Wiesz was great as always but the other performers were out-acted by a CGI monkey with wings.

    Where the film fails most is that the story is one that has been rehashed over and over. At one point during the film I wondered if they were just copying "The Three Amigos." They even use the skill of sewing to defeat the witches.

    I rated "Oz" as worth your time because I liked how it expanded on the story of the original "Wizard of Oz." The execution wasn't necessarily good, but it was competent enough to make for a fun movie that kids will enjoy.

    The only thing I found in this film that would make me nervous about bringing my kids to it were some very scary scenes and quite a bit of cleavage, though the infractions were minor.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Having adored the original “Wizard of Oz” movie as a child, I was skeptical about a Disney-fied prequel. But it worked for me. It fit well enough with the original to leave me feeling like it could be part of the same story. We enjoyed it in 3-D. My experience has been that films with live action, such as this one, make the 3-D more worthwhile.

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is different than I thought it was going to be. I felt like it took a while for the move to get going and I was losing interest. When some action finally happened it was good. I liked the ending of the movie a lot and how they over came the evil witches. The movie has some great special effects that I thought were awesome. I wouldnt take my little ones to this movie if I had some. I would say its ok for someone who is 8-9+ to see it. I can see the evil witches giving kids nightmares. I probably wont buy this movie. Its one that I am content with seeing once and being good with it.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    has violence u need to have a mature mind i dont think i would let my kids see it

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Very good prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Well-written, great character development. The humor was wonderful, but the suspense is a little intense for young viewers.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I found this to be a great movie for adults. I was surprised it wasnt tailored more toward children as The Wizard of Oz is tailored more toward both ages. I found some of the concepts would of been far too disturbing for young children. I have rated it PG-13 as while some 12 year old would be able to handle the themes and violent ideas some definitely would not. They have attempted to make this some-what child friendly by the introduction of a china doll and a monkey for light-hearted humour however I feel it misses the mark when it comes to over-all child appeal.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Slow moving with a strange story line. My younger kids, ages 5 through 11 were very bored. I left with my 5 year old about half way through the movie and went to the Croods and wished the whole family would have come with me.

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Oz was very interesting visually, but the story did not follow the written word very well.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Can the Wizard give me those two hours of my life back? Like a bad acid trip combined with the newest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this one starts with terrible casting (sorry, James Franco), and ends with a thud and with bad acting in between. Maybe I just wasn't born with a creative gene, but this one was so bad it had me checking my watch for two hours. Blech.

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Enjoyed the movie. Could be a bit intense for young children.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Worth the time! :)

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Enjoyed this movie!

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Magical adventures for children and adults,too .my son love it!

  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I don't think James Franco is much of an actor. Neither is Mila Kunis. But, the movie was entertaining, and an interesting take on the "origin" of The Wizard. Rachel Weisz did well, as did Michelle Williams, though she was just a bit TOO Glinda. Didn't see the twist coming with the Wicked Witch, that caught me off guard. Overall entertaining, the acting was for the most part OK. As for age appropriateness, I'd say unless your young child would be scared by the witch up in his/her face, this could be viewed by most everyone in your family.

  • MovieGuide.org

    No Maturity Rating |

    OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is an entertaining, big budget prequel about how a circus magician miraculously journeys to a fantastic land with evil witches and strange, colorful creatures. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL has a strong moral, redemptive worldview, but there are some scary elements requiring caution for younger children... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    We saw it in 3D and Absolutely Loved it! Our Married Son & his wife saw it in normal screen and they really liked it too. The way they brought in the turn of the wicked witch was unexpected and very creative. Very stunning visually and interesting twists and turns. Also, liked the connection to the original, although I really wanted to hear a hint of the original music somewhere in there:-)

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Like its imperishable predecessor, Raimi's fantasy adventure is based on the writings of L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). This second stroll down the Yellow Brick Road, however, incorporates thematic elements that make it unsuitable for small moviegoers, who also might be frightened by some of the spooky creatures jumping out at them from the screen... See Full Review

  • Dove Foundation

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    See this one soon, and your eyes and imagination will thank you!... See Full Review

  • Parents Television Council

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Because of its positive story themes, magical sense of adventure, and magnificent production values, the Parents Television Council is proud to award OZ the Great and Powerful with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM... See Full Review

  • (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Some of the surprises in "Oz the Great and Powerful," the much-anticipated "Wizard of Oz" origins movie, are delightful. Others, however, sink the movie just below the point of recommendation, with the primary drawback falling on the lovely shoulders of Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis, as early versions of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively... See Full Review

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "This is an ingenious, inventive, and mostly enchanting prequel to one of the most beloved movies of all time"... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Creating a prequel for a movie as legendary as the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz takes a fair amount of ego, but then ego is what Oz The Great and Powerful is all about... See Full Review

  • (Male) Arizona Republic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    We’re off to see the wizard, Dorothy once famously sang. It doesn’t dishonor the original, but when it comes to “Oz the Great and Powerful,” that same enthusiasm won’t apply... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” is a winning back-engineering of the Oz fantasy, a “How the Wizard got to be Wonderful” romp that is a stunning update “The Wizard of Oz’s” effects, and the most gorgeous use of 3D since “Alice in Wonderland.”... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "...powerfully entertaining.... the rare case where 3-D doesn't feel superfluous, but integral to the plot.... a grand adventure notable for its enchanting visual artistry."... See Full Review


Okfor ages12+