Posted on 7/15/09 06:59 PM
As most people have, I've seen "The Wizard of Oz" countless times, though mostly by force (other people love it, so I have to watch it with them; parodies and references are everywhere; and it's basically a must-see for any person who likes movies). I can imagine how groundbreaking it was at the time, but that's still hard for someone born over 40 years afterward to really give it credit for. I watched it again recently, as my wife had never seen it *sarcastic GASP*, and it may have been any number of factors (poor DVD quality, poor sound quality of the TV, etc.) but watching it now as an adult kind of grates on my nerves. Dorothy's shrill whining, the annoying, repetitive music (oh, it might bear mentioning that I'm not a fan of musicals in general, and I've only ever really liked one musical (that wasn't a parody of other musicals)), the really cheesy costumes (yes, I KNOW it was pretty advanced at the time, 70 years ago), and the now cringe-inducing munchkins and their shrill voices. All that aside, I'm still on board with the whimsy, most of the other actors, and the nostalgia of watching this when I was much younger and far less cynical. I would always recommend this movie to children and anyone who hasn't seen it at least once. I can still give it credit for being the first truly memorable movie that I ever saw, and also, on an unrelated note, my family once had a spot in a local parade and we all dressed up as the characters from "The Wizard of Oz". I was the Tin Man, and I have a lot of respect for the man who donned that costume for the movie, because it is hell to move around in it. Anyway, I'm still able to look past the things I don't like and remember and give credit for how important this movie is to the movie industry, and to most moviegoers over the span of 70 years.