The most recent addition to the compendium is Oz: The Great and Powerful from Disney Studios. Most industry people know that most of the movies that appear at the beginning of the year are not going to be the strongest studios have to offer. This is is particularly true of January and February movies. The awards season and nominees are out, many folks aren't spending because they over-spent in December, and so studios release movies they don't expect to do well. The early March movies can fall into this category too but not always. Spring break is on the way, and there is money to be had. Fortunately for us Oz is of the latter. Oz's opening weekend is the third largest March opening in history, bringing in just over 80 million in its opening weekend and this despite bad weather in the east and west. It is a bonafide blockbuster.
James Franco, the Wizard, is lovable as the conman who becomes Oz the great and powerful, besides, when Franco smiles his entire face reflects the fun. The performances are solid, and I did become involved in the action and the emotions. The movie has done well at the box office, and Disney feels secure enough to order up a sequel. I think you will like it. I know for the most part I did and yes, I will probably buy the DVD when it comes out.
Parents be warned though, the baboons and a few of the scenes may be a bit intense for much younger kids.