The first one was done in '33 with Judy Garland and a musical so of coarse it's much beloved. This one is good just to much left out cause they put two books together to make one movie. If Hollywood was thinking they could have done 14 movies. There would have been a large following for all of them. It would have had people from all generations.
I love this movie now, but 20 years ago when I first saw it, the detachable heads gave me nightmares for a month straight.
It's too bad that this movie gets dumped into the "sequel" category. It's not. It is an adaptation of 2 of the other novels in the Oz series. Yes, there are more books than just "The Wizard of Oz" (which is quite different than the movie to begin with). I feel it's probably because of the poor choice of title. "Return" makes people think it will be another light, fun, musical romp. It's not. It's serious, thoughtful, imaginative, and shows why the books beyond "Wizard" are still highly thought of and in print today.
I doubt many fans of "The Wizard of Oz" know that author L. Frank Baum wrote 14 books about Oz. And they get weird. Based on two of them, "Return to Oz" is not so much a sequel to the classic, beloved film, as another version of Dorothy's adventures in Oz. Released by Disney, it is, as many others pointed out, a pretty dark and strange children's film, and it was not a success, although it's become something of a cult film. The 80s were awash in fantasy and those movies had their dark patches too ("Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "Last Unicorn"), but they didn't have an evil queen with detachable heads, a gang with wheels on their feet and hands, and a rock king. Then again, the original had flying monkeys, which freaked me out as a kid. Fairuza Balk, in her first role, is Dorothy and she's joined by a chicken (?), a metal soldier, a moose head (??), and a pumpkinhead creature that looks like Jack from "Nightmare Before Christmas." It has a lot of cool sets and visuals, even if the story is not as memorable as the original. It is the only film directed by Walter Murch, who worked on the sound and editing of many of Francis Ford Coppola's best film. Older kids (maybe 10 and up) with vivid imaginations will enjoy this.
This has got to be the most heartbreakingly delicate film I've ever seen, thanks largely to Fairuza Balk's tender performance and Walter Murch's surreal, careful direction. Murch seems to have put a painstaking amount of detail into this - the film is bursting at the seams with psychological hints and allusions that reveal themselves more and more upon repeat viewings. Beautiful, moving, quite frightening at times, and ultimately unforgettable. Forget the moderately enjoyable Wizard - Return is the real masterpiece of this series.
This one is not intended for children, making it a very interesting sequel. Oddly enough it seemed that they had no intention of bringing your favorite characters back for tis one, barely anything of the tin man, the cowardly lion, or the scarecrow. And it didn't look like they had really tried to make them look like their original counter parts.
All in all it's worth a watch.
Wow, this is a disturbing movie! So wish they had made a sequel that matched the first. My kids couldn't even finish this it was so bad.
This is a very fun story. Better, in my opinion, than the first one. Mostly because it involves a chicken, a robot, and a talking taxidermied head on a couch.
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