Returning to Oz to find hope in the dark

Released by Disney in 1985, “Return to Oz” was the first and to date only film directed by respected editor Walter Murch (“Apocalypse Now,” “The English Patient”). The script he and scribe Gill Dennis wrote “Walk the Line” was more inspired by L. Frank Baum’s novel Oz than the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” by director Victor Fleming. It leans more heavily into the weird aspects of Baum’s source material while injecting it with an additional dose of horror. Critics were mixed about the not-so-called Murch sequel, which has been a hit at the box office.

However, as a child, “Return to Oz” was a very difficult thing for me. There are images from the movie – the hall of shrill heads in Princess Mombi (Jean Marsh’s) castle, the faces of King Nome’s shrill servants rushing out of the walls and trying to squeeze. Dorothy’s neck when she and her friends ran away – has continued to happen. life without rent in my head ever since I stayed up late to watch movies on Disney Channel for the first time when I was a kid. For the many times I enjoyed “The Wizard of Oz” growing up, it was Murch’s dreamy image of the iconic land that I really nostalgic for.

You can imagine my joy when I re-watched the movie as an adult and found that it was still pretty good, in my humble opinion. The pre-CG (stop motion, realistic puppetry) visual effects have a handcrafted and unsophisticated look that matches the jagged edges of the story, which is quite dramatic for a family film. family but still make room for light and comfortable moments here and there. It’s also an intricately themed film that respects its target audience, like so many cherished but harrowing (if not extremely depressing) fantasy adventures set in the year 80. Returning to Oz to find hope in the dark

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