Is ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ worth your money?

It’s spring break week out here so I am looking for stuff do with my kids – one who is in a wheelchair with a broken leg (waterslides need not apply). So I am wondering about taking them to see “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

It actually did well over the weekend, topping the box office with $80.3 million. Reviewers have given it a passing grade – see below CNN declares it good enough. But I am wondering did you take your kids to see and what did you think? Will my youngest (now 6) be scared in it?

From MTV News:

“It’s been nearly 74 years since Dorothy first walked the yellow brick road in “The Wizard of Oz” and over the weekend, the Emerald City and its residents captivated audiences once more. “Oz the Great and Powerful” topped the box office with a whopping $80.3 million debut, making Disney’s prequel of sorts to MGM’s 1939 classic the first big-budget blockbuster of 2013.”

“Featuring James Franco in the title role of author L. Frank Baum’s would-be wizard, “Oz” debuted in nearly 4,000 locations and enjoyed the benefits of pricier 3-D tickets and IMAX showings. It didn’t beat the $152.5 million of “The Hunger Games” nor the $116 million of “Alice in Wonderland,” but the inaugural “Oz” weekend did manage to place #3 on the all-time list for March.”

While CNN’s review wasn’t wasn’t glowing (the reviewer didn’t buy James Franco’s character), the reviewer did say it was more than good enough.

From CNN:

“The new “Oz” falls short of the 1939 “Oz” in charm and innocence and certainly in songs (there is only one, a brief, jokey number from the Munchkins). But as family entertainment, it’s hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling.”

“A true fantasist, Raimi has conjured up a valentine to the imagination, to smoke and mirrors and to the movies as a magical space where we might envisage, and possibly even realize, our better selves.

“That’s more than good enough.”

So will you take your kids to see the new Oz movie? Is it worth our time and our money?

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March 11th, 2013
9:08 am

Saw a lot of parents with very young children, 6 and under, when I took my daughter to see it. We both thought it was a good movie, not great and nothing I would see again, but a good movie. I heard and saw many of the younger kids crying, turned around in their seats and being pulled out by their parents. I would not recommend it if your child scares easily.

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March 11th, 2013
9:26 am

My husaband and I took our 14 year old daughter and her friend to see the movie on the IMAX 3D. We all thought it was awesome. I loved it and would see it again. I do think a few scenes would be scary for some younger kids. My two-cents: It was definitely worth the money.

Just Me

March 11th, 2013
9:28 am

I saw the movie this weekend. Mostly teens and near teens in the audience.
I did not enjoy the movie. Not much plot and poor acting. Not worth seeing in the theater, wait for it to hit Netflix.


March 11th, 2013
9:33 am

Took my elderly mother to see it this weekend in 3D; we both enjoyed the visuals very much. There were a lot of families in the audience with kids and they all seemed to enjoy it. So see it in 3D and get the full impact of the visuals and just go along with the hammy storyline. James Franco was just OK, but all the witches were very good.

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March 11th, 2013
9:46 am

I don’t really like James Franco, so I’m not going to spend money to go see this — I’ll just wait until it comes out on Netflicks.

Speaking of Netflicks — has anyone else watched “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright? Mesmerizing! I gulped down all 13 episodes in one weekend, and am having severe HOC withdrawal!

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March 11th, 2013
10:26 am

NO. No movie anymore is worth paying high prices to see in a theater!!!

I’ll wait for it to come out On Demand or Showtime, etc.

Blue Fish in a Red Lake

March 11th, 2013
10:58 am

My kids (8 & 10) both loved it and claimed they weren’t scared. The flying monkeys of this movie – well the bad ones at least – were a lot nastier than those of yore. The oddest part of the movie for me was trying not to picture Theodora as Jackie (Mila Kunis’ character from That 70’s show). But overall I would certainly recommend it as good escapist fare.


March 11th, 2013
11:53 am

We are curious about it. Might see it at the $1.75 show. We just don’t do many full price movies at the theater. The plot is interesting story and FX is intriguing. The commercials with the actors left us flat.

We can spend as much getting the DVD later and watching as often as we want…and if we don’t like the movie, we lost no more/less money….Actually might have saved b/c popcorn is cheaper at home too.


March 11th, 2013
12:17 pm

My friend and I saw it this weekend. It’s not at all what I was expecting. He enjoyed it more than I, but I think it might have been better to see it in 3-D.


March 11th, 2013
12:25 pm

I went to see it this past weekend with the hubby. It’s a wonderful movie that pays great homage to The Wizzard of Oz, and the kids in the audience seemed very engaged.

Miss Priss!

March 11th, 2013
2:31 pm

I’m at the point where I visit just to see what Bernie has to say, although she seems a bit illiterate. And what schools has Jane visited this past week! I quiver!


March 11th, 2013
2:38 pm

Saw it with my nine year old – movie was fine (we had a coupon), but the previews for The Great Gatsby were a little more than I wanted my nine year old to see!


March 11th, 2013
3:19 pm

Definately worth seeing. I saw it twice! The first time was regular format, the second time in 3-D. I’d highly recomend it to EVERYONE. It was funny, sad, exhilarating and entertaining. I am looking forward to the sequil.


March 11th, 2013
4:18 pm

There were a LOT of kids in the audience when I went, but more adults than kids …everyone seemed to enjoy it, from what I saw, but there was a pretty youngish kid much further down who seemed scared of the tornado scene and that family actually left pretty quickly.

I thought Franco wasn’t as awful as some folks have said, but I HATED Mila Kunis. She was *horrible* as Theodora. Truly awful. But Iiked Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Finley and the china girl were great, as well. I also liked the occasional reference to stuff from the original and the little humorous in-jokes scattered throughout.

As for the 3D? For some reason, something about the 3D often makes me feel sick. This was one of those times. So between that and the almost-overwhelming scent of popcorn everywhere, I was definitely feeling a bit less than fantastic by the end of the movie!


March 11th, 2013
7:46 pm

the cast makes me NOT want to see it…Franco is a student at uber-liberal Warren Wilson College in NC and writes absolutely stupid poetic prose about Obongo …he’s been the laughing stock of Asheville now since his writings about the Presidunce…

Organize your sock drawer instead...

March 11th, 2013
8:00 pm

You’ll have more fun and it won’t be a total waste of time. James Franco makes 2×4’s look animated. My god he is a terrible actor, who the hell in Hollywood does he have pictures of in compromising situations? Horrible casting, save the money and take your kids to the White House for a tour……oh wait, Bozo shut it down…


March 12th, 2013
3:56 pm

We saw it during a $6 showing at the AMC Sugarloaf Mills Sunday and we liked it. It isn’t too scary. The flying monkey sidekick was very funny. Yes, you should see it.