Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 101 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 7+. Yes, it’s the same “The Wizard of Oz” you remember, but the Motion Picture Association of America has changed the original G rating to a PG rating. It makes sense because the 3-D effect means those flying monkeys are even more in your face, and some of the film’s off-kilter elements—like the Lollipop Guild—are heightened. Still, it will work for kids.
Yes, you should pay the extra cash for the 3-D and IMAX version of the classic ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Here are special effects used, well, to great effect.
By Roxana Hadadi
How to start a review of a movie that is basically one of this country’s, and perhaps all of cinema’s, most beloved classics? “The Wizard of Oz” was released 75 years ago; you have no reason to have not seen this movie yet. But while most films add 3-D effects and IMAX quality just for extra box office dividends, this special edition of the classic with Dorothy and her little dog, too, really is worth it. The film’s beautiful colors are heightened, the makeup campier, and the storyline still as touching as ever. Do it for the memories—the ones you already have and the ones you’ll make with your kids by seeing this film in theaters with them.