I'm a bit perplexed by all the negativity being directed toward, "Oz, The Great and Powerful". I'm uncertain what people wanted or expected from this film, but what I got was a fun, magical, astonishing, trip into a realm of fantasy the same way that Victor Fleming's 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, took my eager childhood eyes To a wideness not prior achieved.
If you walk in expecting Judy Garland to be reanimated in a musical tale, well, I dare say that you stay clear...but if you walk in with the same childhood vigor you once had, when heart and imagination were more important than death and taxes, well I'd be surprised if you left in sorrow or disdain.
I'm happy that I viewed this film and cannot wait until the Bluray lay at my feet waiting to view in the comfort of my home, where the welled tears don't quite diminish my manhood the way they do in public...and tears of happiness formed for me in the final scene.
I'm a Sam Raimi fan, and I found his direction fantastic. He did what Tim Burton used to for me, but Mr. Burton seems to have lost...He dared me to imagine and believe in magic.
Thanks Sam, I'm grateful...