See Mike and Jay's review at - http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-th...-return-to-oz/
One begins to wonder if movie-bashing is just another way of selling out to the mindless masses.
I have no firm view on this movie yet; and nobody is pretending that it is anything more than weak-plotted, eyeball-gouging entertainment. It is not The Wizard of Oz, but not disappointing either. The actors and actresses are paid the same whether they do a great job or a mediocre one, so they choose to do a mediocre job. The most recent Oz installment is obviously made for children, and thankfully or regretfully not as dark as many children movies of the recent past. When my youngest step-kid was 4 she could not handle The Wizard of Oz past the entrance of the wicked witch of the west. Children's movies of the past were somewhat like fairy tales of yore: they did not spare children the darker side of life but were used to frighten children into behaving. Today's sterilized, padded-wall society places children in a strait-jacket of psychological and physical comfort. And by this we are all weakened.