Too bad - I was kind of looking forward to this film, but at least the Hollywood Reporter has not exactly given it a glowing review.
Will have to see what others say - and I am sure there will be decent box office (if not better) on opening weekend, simply to see what they have done with this film. However costing $200 million to make, this film would need to rake in a lot of coin to break even, let alone make a profit.
Rotten Tomatoes currently has it at a healthy 70%, but most of the reviews to date have been from lesser-known reviewers and there aren’t even all that many reviews in yet. I am a firm believer that reviewers can, and often do, get it wrong - so maybe it really isn’t all that horrible? Maybe it was just the Hollywood Reporter having a bad day?
Correct me if I am wrong, but another problem is trying to fiddle with a classic - regardless of the pre-quel concept, they are still treading on Wizard of Oz territory. I think it is safe to say that most people consider the film Wizard of Oz a cherished part of their childhood memories. To say there are high expectations would be an understatement. Perhaps this project was doomed from the start? Perhaps there is/was no way that someone can go in and create this kind of film without a huge backlash?