The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical, fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and based on the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Starring Judy Garland, the film was hailed as one of the best films ever made.
A girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland) gets caught in a tornado and lands in the land of Oz. There, she meets a brainless Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a heartless Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). They go on a journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard (Frank Morgan) so that Dorothy would go home to Kansas and her friends get what they want.
Why It Rocks
- The film might not be 100% true to the book, but it does stay faithful to the spirit of the book.
- A talented cast with Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley.
- Excellent set designs for Munchkin Land and the Emerald City.
- The songs are all timeless and memorable such as Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead, If I Only Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve and Merry Old Land of Oz.
- Decent makeup and special effects.
- The Wicked Witch of the West is one of the best movie villains ever.
- Glinda never tells Dorothy that the ruby slippers are her trick to going home until the end despite giving them to her. In the book, it wasn't Glinda who gave Dorothy the slippers, but her sister the Good Witch of the North. However, because the movie fused Glinda and the Good Witch of the North into one character, it kinda comes off as Glinda just putting Dorothy in danger.