Hmm, I wonder if they're going to start making prequels for other old movies. Which one will they do next? And are they necessary? It's an interesting idea, but I'm not sure how well it works.
It's a weird thing to do, really. You make a prequel to a film that was made decades ago, and the one thing you are definitely not going to do is match the tone. This doesn't even feel like it has anything to do with The Wizard of Oz, even though Oz, Emerald City, the witches, and the Munchkins are there.
Nice special effects, but everything else is rather weak. One of the things I disliked the most was the wicked witch's back story. It was too...easy, the sort of story line you'd plop in a book for young adults. I wish they'd come up with something more interesting and original. Another problem is that I'm not a big fan of James Franco. I like him occasionally, e.g. in Pineapple Express, but most of the time I'd prefer him off-screen. Some of the acting (ahem, Mila Kunis) wasn't very good, and I also wished they had made the wicked witch sexier. They gave her a rockin' green bod, but what was up with her huge head? I mean come on...But I have to say, I love Rachel Weisz. I always do. Her acting never disappoints, but, more importantly, if I were a lesbian, I would probably stalk her. Hmm, I think I've lost my point, but anyway, Rachel Weisz is gorgeous and makes this movie worth watching. Michelle Williams, meh. I was never big on her, but she didn't offend in her role. I still think Mila Kunis was weak, however, as was the whole movie overall.
My grade: C+