The Wizard of Oz
Recently I rewatched one of my favorite films of all time, The Wizard of Oz. The film was released in 1939 and set the bar for what a movie of the fantasy genre should be. The film masterfully uses color to delineate between Dorothy's home of Kansas that she desperately wishes to leave (which is black and white) and the fantasmic Land of Oz (color). The film also has wonderful musical numbers that add to the interesting plot. One of the themes of the movie is be careful what you wish for. At the beginning of the film, all Dorothy wants in the world is to be as far away from home as possible, which she illustrates in the performance of the classic song, Over the Rainbow. Soon, her wish is granted and she is sucked up by a tornado and dropped in a location that couldn't be further from Kansas. It does not take her long to realize she would rather be home, which brings me to another theme of the movie and the magic words that eventually did remove Dorothy from Oz: There's no place like home! Despite all the magnificent things to be found in the Land of Oz, all Dorothy wants to do is be reunited with her family. I think everyone can relate to this feeling; that no matter how many material things we have in life, it is all worthless without the people who love you. Sometimes it takes people time to realize this in life, but like Dorothy everyone will eventually learn.
The final point I wanted to touch on regarding The Wizard of Oz is, was the majority of the movie a stress induced dream or was Dorothy actually transported to a magical world? I suppose that is for the viewer to decide for themselves, but it’s interesting to note that many movies, such as Inception and Vanilla Sky have similar plot twists that were pioneered by Oz. Overall, The Wizard of Oz is a magnificent film that can be watched time and time again and still be enjoyed decades after its release.
The Wizard of Oz: *****