If you’re thinking about going to this movie, just know that it is definitely geared for kids.
The trailer, I feel, didn’t quite make that point. It seemed from the trailer that the movie would be a little more gritty and action-oriented.
That said, it’s a really cute movie. It might not be great for date night (my husband wanted his money back), but kids will love it. Bright colors, overacting, and a simple, linear storyline make it great fun for your munchkins.
Oz is a very visually appealing movie. Once you get to the Land of Oz, everything is brightly colored, with lush flora and stunning landscapes. The costuming is whimsical and, in the case of the witches, pretty sexy (though not too sexy, since, after all, it’s a kids’ movie!). The lead actors are all very easy on the eyes (I always liked James Franco).
There are also plenty of laughs. Oz, played by James Franco, is a player, and this gets him into some amusing situations. Many of the laughs come from Oz’s assistant in Kansas, and, once in Oz, his winged monkey, both played by Zach Braff (J.D. in Scrubs).
The story line quickly gets to the point with no meandering. You will never be left wondering “What the heck is going on?” That doesn’t mean the movie is boring, however; it’s pretty fast-paced.
By the end of the movie, the stage has been set for the coming of Dorothy and the slaying of the Wicked Witch of the West.