Well... I was wrong.
I LOVED this movie! I found myself smiling most of the time and I wasn't bored for a moment! The characters are all well developed and very clever. They all have their own background stories and personalities. The acting was superb, the imagery was phenomenal, the colors were vibrant and amazing!
The story is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. We learn how the wizard (Oz) ends up in the Emerald City. We get to meet three witches and find out a little about where they came from- we get to meet the Wicked Witch of the West BEFORE she was the WW of the W and she has an interesting story. Oz is a magician that performs with a traveling circus. He is a womanizing schemer who cares more about money than he does about anything else. You learn all of this within the first 10 minutes. I hesitate to give more of the plot because it is really an amazing thing to watch unfold. I will say that the Emerald City was waiting for this wizard to come to them that it was foretold that one would come and save their city from evil.
After receiving the Blu ray to review (gratis), I was very excited to watch it with my seven year old daughter. I ended up watching it with her and my husband. My five year old son lost interest and went to his room. I don't think my husband was as fascinated as I was. I'm also planning to loan it to my mom because I think she'd like it. So, I know I shouldn't, but I almost want to say that this is a movie that females are more likely to enjoy and appreciate than males. I think it's because it's so clever and the imagery is so beautiful. Plus there's a bit of a romance tale involved as well.
I'm so glad that I gave this movie a chance and it is definitely one that will stay in my collection forever!
Family Time Factor: There are a couple adult themes here and there, but really I think it is appropriate for any age. If you have a child that is easily frightened by the idea of witches or flying monkeys, you might have to pass. But it's not really that scary in my opinion.
MOTR Grade: A