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The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
The movie starts out with more imagination and creativity than any I think I've ever seen. And then the opening credits ended and a mediocre movie started. Really. My family walked out at the end and all of us said the opening credits were the best we'd ever seen. The rest... not much happening.
My daughter has recently read most of the original Oz books and she was disappointed with how little the plot or characters had to do with the books. My wife was nonplussed that it wasn't Billy Crystal voicing the flying monkey. Zach Braff must have worked hard at sounding exactly like Crystal. But the monkey and the China Girl are simply annoying.
We saw the 3d version and the 3D is very well done. Some of the movie is beautiful, but at the center James Franco is miscast. He works hard but he simply can't bring the Wizard off.
I'm sure an immense amount of work and money went into making this movie. I wish it was better but it's not.
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