When it's over, a true classic. I have not seen this film since childhood, and when the opportunity came to catch the film on the big screen digitally remastered, I couldn't pass it up. When Dorothy (Judy Garland) is caught in a tornado, she is sent to the magical land of Oz where only a great wizard can return her home to Kansas. On her journey, she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, witches, and an array of colorful characters. Color truly enhances the story, and I don't mean the transition from black and white to color as the story develops (that is effective, too). The use of color in the special effects, in particular red, green, and gold, add so much to the wonderment of the fanciful characters and settings in a place that existed in Dorothy's mind. The concept of friendship, courage, love, and a desire to belong is as timeless as the characters that envelope them. Watching this film again after so many years reminds me of how this simple story can still make a lasting impact, because the characters of 1939 resonates with characters of today. The hairstyles and clothes may have changed, but the inner workings of people haven't. Even though the backdrop may be in a fantastical world, the story still lies with human needs. Through its imaginative set design, costumes, and memorable songs, The Wizard of Oz remains great and powerful.
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