More than 50 years ago, the technicolor wonder of “The Wizard of Oz” enchanted kids everywhere. Each new generation got to see it anew, with pretty much the same effect. In the ’80s “Return to Oz” reminded everyone of Frank L. Baum’s beloved book, and the interest in Oz renewed.
Will Disney’s release of Sam Raimi’s prequel next spring do the same?
What to Expect
The prequel centers on the Wizard and his unfortunate adventure to OZ. Certainly we would expect to see amazing special effects the same caliber as those that created Dorothy’s tornado in 1939. The trailer hints at it a little, but until moviegoers can see the whole thing for themselves, the jury is still out. Meanwhile, the sets are beautiful to behold, matching Victor Fleming’s original version. But the music and magical creatures leave much to be desired as they’re all quite menacing.
The costumes, as always, are fascinating, which is expected in a fantasy-filled movie. And like “The Avengers” release in 2012, there is no doubt demand for OZ costumes will spike during the 2013 Halloween. Even though the classic movie characters aren’t in the prequel, many may feel inclined to pay them homage. If you want to dress up as your favorite character, Halloween costumes at buycostumes.com are realistic, theatrical-level character costumes.
As with All Prequels
One final item on the list of expectations for this movie is that it stands up to the main requirements of the prequel. It should do an interesting job of explaining all the characters’ origins, right down to how the wicked witch of the west came to be wicked. Disney seems to borrow a little from the book and theatrical production, so there’s not going to be too much of a surprise here beyond the exact nature of what turns her skin green. Anyone wanting to imitate this dramatic transformation will have to consult stage-makeup in the Halloween costumes section at buycostumes.com for the appropriate material.
What this movie is lacking is explaining how the classic characters came to be. The Baum book “The Wizard of OZ” explains the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion and, to a certain extent, the Tin Man, but no movie has ever tried to approach this. Truly a disappointment, but Disney has a way of turning every movie they do into a trilogy franchise — maybe that’s in the works for the next round.
Pass on the Cliches, but Go See the Movie
Fans of this fantasy, which has outlived several generations, will no doubt be spouting many cliched phrases while dressing up in costumes and sitting outside movie theaters for a midnight showing of this movie. Despite the cliches and for the fun of the costumes, you should go all the same. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, no matter what.
Author: Bethany Ortiz
Bethany studied culinary arts and later received a Master’s Degree in English Literature. She loves blogging about her adventures in food, and is quick to correct both your tablespoon measurement and your grammar.