Greatness down the road!
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most immersive visual experiences of its era. A surprisingly large amount of people directed and wrote this film. It is a production of epic proportions and nothing was left to chance. The photography is way ahead of its time. The style has been imitated, since, but never attained. The movie isn’t as innocent as it first appears. It is a smart hybrid of all genres.
The film was somewhat treated like a play, which can explain how spectacular it is. This is true about the dialogue, the sets and the costumes. The set design is intoxicating and the matte painting completely surreal. The costumes are rich in color and texture. The main performers can act, sing and dance. Considering the complexity of most costumes, this is no small task.
The songs, in this musical, are almost all earworms. A strong universal moral resides in the twist, making this film pertinent for both adults and children. The witch and the wizard might scare young children, but there is virtually no violence, here. The plot is clever, compartmented and calculated. The most fascinating thing about this film is that it looks like it was made in the 1960s.