We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Yeah!
Dorothy (Judy Garland) escapes her dull farm life when she is swept away in a tornado. Arriving in the magical land of Oz, Dorothy soon realises that though all she ever wanted was excitement and adventure, all she loves and craves and longs for is to be home, with her family
Accompanied by three very strange companions, Dorothy start across Oz to find a wizard (Frank Morgan) who should be able to help her find her way home. Unfortunately a Wicked Witch (Margaret Hamilton) is pulling out all the stops to get Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers – which were given to her when she killed another Wicked Witch, by accident.
An absolute and wonderful classic. Superbly accessible and very very funny this is a movie that just keeps giving. Not timeless but just beautiful to watch. The transition from Kansas to Oz is very well handled.
Based on the books by Frank Baum the movie is a mish-mash of several stories but is so well done you don’t care. It was done well enough to win to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy award and won Best Original Score and Best Original Song, for “Over the Rainbow”. Of course has spawned the stage sensation Wicked!
Things to look out for: Bert Lahr’s Lion “stick em up”, Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch, the Lollipop Guild, wonderful songs, “over the rainbow”, Toto, “Follow the yellow brick road”, the DVD is stuffed full of very good extras
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Terry (as Toto)
Rating: movie fantasy at its best, children love it still, very highly recommended