The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this classic kids film. So long, in fact, that I nearly forgot how much of a kids film it was. For me, pretty much all there was to enjoy was the nostalgia, and the technical accomplishments, and the parts that were still funny even though they were made for little kids, and…

A girl tries to run away from her farm in Kansas but gets swept up in a tornado and flung to a magical land named Oz. There she meets a talking scarecrow, a tin man, and yes, even a cowardly lion. The four (and their little dog, too) skip down the yellow brick road in search of the Wizard of Oz, a man who can send Dorothy back home and give organs to her friends. They’re chased by the Wicked Witch of the West, who’s out to get the shoes off of Dorothy’s feet that she gained by killing the witch’s sister.

Pretty sure everybody’s seen The Wizard of Oz before, and if you haven’t and you aren’t still a kid, well, sorry to say it but you kinda missed out. This is a classic film in every sense of the word and it still looks beautiful today… but again, it is very juvenile. There’s nothing bad about that, but it really is meant to be seen at a younger age to get the full enjoyment out of it.

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