Doug's Review of The Wizard of Oz


  • 21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    "The Wizard of Oz"
    Review by: Doug Nau

    Rating:*****/5

    Directed by: Victor Fleming
    (uncredited)
    Mervyn LeRoy
    Richard Thorpe
    King Vidor

    Produced by: Mervyn LeRoy
    (associate producer)
    Arthur Freed

    Written by: Noel Langley
    Florence Ryerson
    Edgar Allan Woolf


    Based on the novel by: L. Frank Baum "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

    Starring: Judy Garland
    Frank Morgan
    Ray Bolger
    Bert Lahr
    Jack Haley
    Billie Burke
    Margaret Hamilton
    Charley Grapewin
    Clara Blandick

    Songs by: Harold Arlen (Music)
    E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (Lyrics)

    Score composed by: Herbert Stothart


    The Wizard of Oz Based on the 1900's children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz.but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of her sister; the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them. (Vogel)

    This is a wonderful family classic, It isn't light or cutesy at the least its so vibrate, magical,enchanting and lavishing, that's also very heartwarming and charming. I loved how at the beginning is in black and white, then when she lands in Oz is all colors, that was very clever to have totally different tones in color from Kansas and the land of Oz.It so gorgeously shot! and still looks and feels fantastic for today's standard even the special effects are great.The acting is incredible and I loved Judy Garland; she's good but does come off looking like an adult dressed and acts like a little girl. Margaret Hamilton is the true standout, she is the best witch I've ever seen on screen and plays such a mean and scary witch so brilliantly. Other note-worthy performances are Ray Bolger as Hunk/The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as Zeke/The Cowardly Lion, and Jack Haley as Hickory/The Tin Man all three of them are fantastic.

    The songs with music by Harold Arlen and Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg is one of the best and most irresistible song I've ever heard. My favorites being "We're off to see the Wizard","The Jitterbug" (a deleted song not in the movie but on the soundtrack), "The Merry Old Land of Oz","Ding-Dong The Witch is Dead", but my all time favorite song and the standout is "Over The Rainbow"; Judy Garland sings this song so beautifully. It's also my pick for most beautiful song I've ever heard. The score composed by Herbert Stothart is so whimsical, magical, spellbinding, and one of the best scores I've ever heard. My favorite instrumental pieces are "Miss Gluch","Cyclone","Munchkinland","Threatening Witch","The Apple Orchard","The Cornfield","Poppies","The Spell","At The Gates of Emerald City","Magic Smoke Chords","The Haunted Forest",'The Witch's Castle", "Dorthy's Rescue", and "The Jitterbug attack".

    So overall this is not only one of the best fantasy films its also one of the best musical. Its a timeless classic for the entire family.The songs are wonderful with a fantastic score.One of the best old-Time movies I've ever seen that stills amazing even to today's standards.

    Work Cited:
    Vogel, John. "Plot Summary for The Wizard of Oz". IMDB. IMDb.com, Inc., n.d. Web. 20 July 2012.

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