When I was young I had no idea of the power of this movie. It was on TV, and I was talking with my brother and sister during the movie, when all of a sudden my Uncle yelled, "Shut up you little brats! This is important!". Thank goodness we don't have to watch it on that old technology called broadcast TV! "What a world!" is what the wicked witch says as she melts.
I can't be the only one who finds these characters more obnoxious than charming. Nothing about them makes me care all that much about them. Also, this film dedicates way too much time to it's music which isn't even great. To all the people who love this film, try telling me the KING OF THE JUNGLE sequence wasn't entirely pointless. It's a decent film that's saved by it's gorgeous colors and sets.
A perfect film in every regard. Deserves the status it holds in American cinema. Beautiful art direction, gorgeous cinematography and wonderful stylized acting. The second Garland opens her mouth to sing Over the Rainbow you literally become absolutely floored. Seeing it in a packed theater today was magical! I don't think I could trust anyone who doesn't like this film! Perfection!
This film accomplished the difficult task that many of today's films fail to do: it created a separation between visual beauty and classic storytelling. The glorious fantasy Land of Oz was the canvas; the wonderful story of adventure was the art.
The philosophy of this film is a cruel, but realistic metaphor for life. We all wake up wondering where we are? We all put our hopes and dream into this great and power Oz. We meet people along the way of this odyssey (life) who are incomplete and also are looking for this Oz figure to complete us in life. Then we make the cruel realisation that the Oz, is just a man no different that you and me, behind a curtain
The last time I saw this (about 5 years ago) I had forgotten the last third of the film completely-- it was as if the narrative opened a secret, hidden chamber. Sometimes forgetting the details can unlock new pleasures later.