Oz in the News 11.15.19

‘Return To Oz’ Is The Most Fascinatingly Imperfect Film Available On Disney+ Influenced by dark fare like Night of the Hunter and Roald Dahl’s “The Wish,” Return to Oz exists in a post-apocalyptic hellscape where “Wheelers,” monsters with wheels that squeak like Dorothy’s gurneys, threaten to chop little girls in pieces. Take note of the sound design of the film. It is, after all, Murch’s metier. Dorothy’s old friends have been turned to stone or sad, hoarder’s knick-knacks decorating an evil Nome King’s (Williamson again as claymation) parlor. Her only allies are wound-down clockwork soldier, a spindly, pumpkin-headed thing, and a reluctantly-reanimated moosehead that worries it’s not “well-made.” The effects work by a splinter group of former Jim Henson Creature Shop players is exquisitely, indescribably, deliciously wrong. But the moment Return to Oz really sings is a sequence where Dorothy falls through a psychedelic void while a very rich monarch complains about wanting more. “But you have so much,” Dorothy says. “That’s not the point,” he says, and so our late capitalist dystopia is formulated like a patient etherized on a table.

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