Forget, your High School Musicals, Your Glees and Your Camp Rocks. Somewhere ‘Over the rainbow’ in 1939 Victor Fleming gave birth (not to mention several other directors) to the iconic ‘Wizard Of Oz’ film. Based in a little farm in kansas the film depicts the life of teenage girl upset with the trouble she faces. After returning home from the worst run away possible, gets stuck in a tornado storm being knock unconcious. Opening up Dorthy’s mind to the wonderful technicoloured world of Oz.
Without the pinnacle of moment for when film transferred into colour. Fleming depicts as mystical story of girl trying to find her way home in a wonderful new world running into numerous friends and enemies along the way. With a catchy backlog of music. Fleming had the tools to creat a vast an imaginative place for all children and adults to enjoy and feel apart of. Whilst watching the film i won’t lie but when Dorthy gives us her rendition of the classic ‘Some where over the rainbow’ I find it hard to keep my lips in sync with the chorus an my feet from tapping. Not to mention feeling as sense of my childhood returning once again. For the viewer this is what make the film legendary as we have all experience this film and brilllance not to mention it’s stereotypical and yet outstanding stage set which immediatly plunges us into story and keeps us gripped and and singing along.
Probably one of it’s brillant tools is the tranisition from sepia to technicolour and the methaphorical meaning by it and yet is still felt as a contrevestial. As some beliefs are that this tranisition ‘is taking risks, the first half-hour of Oz is not only colourless but slow-paced and melodramatic, the filmmakers' idea of life in Kansas.’ But it's watchable. Then the tornado delivers Dorothy from her poor, colourless family and lands her in movie-land, and she spends the rest of the film figuring out that life in Kansas isn't as bad as the first half-hour of the film makes it look.’ - David Bezanson. On the other hand viewer are subconiciously feeling a slight depression as the dull and gray feel and slow pace illustrates the direct idea of showing the hard times of the depression and the sadness felt by the family. Yet as we hit Oz the bust of colour adds the excitment and happiness to the film immediatly not to mention the quick transition from song to song. Making the tool probably suitable for the purpose it’s intended and in fact on looking upon many recent film this occurs in dark onimous thriller to display this feeling to an audience. Other great depiction consit within the film showing the evolution of sfx from 6 years ago at the feat which was ‘King Kong’ had shown some amazing shots. When watching the tranisition from the evil countess to the wicked witch you can’t but feel amazed of the advancedment as weel as the smoke being used to disguise the appearance and disappearance of the Wicked Witch Of the West. But the best being the holigraphic image of the wizard is amazing for that deacde not to mention the use of first to depict the strength and wrath of the wizard. Still i fell that when watching I feel myself as an adult highly annoyed with the continous repition of’ we are of to see the wizard’ Yet understandable a great trait for it’s target audience.
When looking into the character I feel a sense of compassion as they’re well thought so they can connect with the veiwer be it the rusty rattly tin man or the comical coward lion whom entertain throughout and as a unit still possess their individual personas unlike some more recent movies in the genre. Not to mention their ‘funny bits are still really funny (the cowardly lion’s “put ‘em up”), the scary bits are really scary (the army of flying monkeys) - Alan Morrison from this it’s obvious to see that the film when interpreted is a film which has many underlying means that we can see represent through these character. For instance friendship, bravery, kindness and most importantly that home is everything, the centre of the world. But over the rainbow, dimly guessed at, are the wide earth, fascinating and terrifying. - Roger Ebert. Understandable, the tool is used in the film to educate youngster on behaviour.
Still the film is an epic, legend and a godfather to the musical genre as the film as the environments supply a vast an adaption of the book. With bright colours, plastic plants, little men and women dressed in old Edwardian style clothing ultimately illustrating the imagination of a young girl. In this case Fleming greatest notion, allowing for the viewer to believe and understand that this the imagination of a young girl (never mind that Garland was seventeen and bordering on the edge of adulthood) still the picturesque environment made up of individual sets displayed a beauty which is know lost to film as the ‘Realism’ take over ‘Theatrical’.
Without doubt the mother of film in general the film of young Dorothy is a ultimate classic unlike the other reviewed will be remember for all-time for genius and technical and metaphorical tools used. Nevertheless being a major film for generation of classic musical such as ‘Grease’ and ‘Glee’ the film showed us they way to new and exciting ways to transform and manipulate sfx to our advantage in any genre. All in a child classic and adult’s bread and butter for helping to create a stunning and exciting film of the future.