The Wizard of Oz is one I don’t need to make any recommendations, cause everyone has seen this at some point or other growing up (and if you haven’t, you’ve been gaped at enough by your friends that you either have or will at some point buckled down and seen it). This is also another one that thus is hard to really review. It’s too easy to lose yourself in nostalgia and child-like wonder while watching it. Nevertheless, I’ll try and at least bang out a couple paragraphs while I reminisce. 🙂
Most of the charm comes from the songs, which most people know by heart by the time they’re 18. I don’t think I know of a single person who’s never heard ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, to name just the most popular one. The Technicolor was groundbreaking at the time, and even today it’s quite the stunning transition from the dull sepia of Kansas to the vivid world of Oz. Judy Garland is absolutely darling in her star-making role, and it’s easy to forget just how well the entire cast does in each of their roles. The attention to detail in this film is absolutely staggering, once you really open up and see it.
This is a film that everyone basically grows up on, so to review it critically is not an easy thing to do. Nonetheless, this is another one that, as I’ve put it before, you should watch one more time, for childhood’s sake. Try and watch it from a critical eye, and you’ll see just what a great film it actually is.
Arbitrary Rating: 9/10