Film: The Wizard of Oz

Opened: August 25, 1939

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Clara Blandwick, Charley Grapewin & Pat Walshe

Despite being a classic, The Wizard of Oz is a dated movie that doesn’t retain the magic of other well-known stories.

Dorothy (Judy Garland) is transported to Oz. Along with the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Man (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), she asks the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan) to send her home, but must defeat the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) first.

Garland is a sweet ingenue in her most-remembered role, however Dorothy is a tiring character often crying and whining. Hamilton on the other hand is perfectly cast as the Witch and embodies with a voice that’s still haunting.

Though the Technicolor is beautiful, all of the acting seems too much while the dark storyline hardly makes up for itself even in its lighter moments.

Final say: Nostalgia doesn’t make it better. ★★★☆☆

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