The Wizard of Oz (1939) Film Review


The words “Wizard of Oz” and “review” don’t really gel, do they? It’s a beloved classic, why would anyone want to analyse and critique something so innocent and timeless? Well, I certainly don’t want to, so instead I’ll tell you if it holds up.

To tell you what the story is about is near pointless, as we all know the tale of Kansas girl Dorothy finding herself in the land of Oz, populated by Munchkins, scarecrows, lions, tin men and witches galore. However, quite a nice touch I never knew was that Oz is something of a parallel version of Kansas, with most of the cast appearing in both worlds as different characters. Anyway, we all know this story, but just how well has it aged?

To put it simply, very well! There’s simply not one moment that doesn’t feel of it’s time, the costumes still look fantastic, and the sets… well, apart from the backgrounds obviously being painted in, they also look very nice. The acting feels very charming in that early 1900’s way, with Toto being an early show stealer.

And when you look at it as an actual film, it’s HUGELY entertaining, and there isn’t one moment of boredom. But chances are, you knew that already, as you all know the characters, you all know the songs and you all know of Dorothy’s adventure on the yellow brick road.

One thing I’ve learned reviewing both games and films is that writing a great review all depends on what you’re actually reviewing, and something like The Wizard of Oz isn’t really something that makes for an interesting review, but you all knew it was great anyway. Hopefully, as I continue to review films, there’ll be more movies that’ll make for great reviews.


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