- May 20, 2020
Wizard of Oz
Inthis ultimately charming classical film from the prevalent L. FrankBaum stories, when a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put tosleep, Dorothy decides to run away with her dog Toto. On their way,they are caught by a cyclone that whisked them to the land of Oz.Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, and in her stay there,Dorothy makes some memorable friends and foes as she struggles withher journey to meet the , who everyone says has thepowers to help her return home safely. More so, the wizard has thepower to grant Dorothy’s friends their wishes and goals of heart,brain, and courage. This classical film is a fantasy film, in it,live-action characters inhabit imagined settings, and experienceoccurrences that transcend the rules of the natural earth. Not onlydoes the film claim its title as being among the top classical films,but, it qualifies for an additional title regarding the variousconventions illustrated in the film and other attributes demonstratedin the following write-up.The essay is an illustration of a film that deviates from being amovie, and becomes a part of our culture: the following writing showsthe attributes that make the film more than just a movie
Themost evident genre is musical. A musical genre by definition is the“films that focus on songs as a major element, whether, sung by acharacter(s) in a realistic context, such as in a night club, or sungin lieu of dialogue to further the plot or to express emotion,”(Goodykoontz, 2014). Instead of the characters having a direct andstraight dialogue, they advance the narrative occasionally bybreaking into a song. A perfect example of such a convention is inthe scene where Dorothy, Tinman, and Scarecrow feel insecure andafraid in the woods, and they all sing the song “Lions, Tigers, andBears.” In the scene, the characters can pass along their emotionsbeautifully to the audience by using a song.
Anadditional convention and attribute genre qualifies in this classicfilm, and it is the horror genre. At a wider scope, there is the needto know what it means for a film to have such a classification. Thegoal of a horror film is to elicit fear and shock to the audience ina therapeutically and yet entertaining way (Goodykoontz, 2014). Thereis the foundational explanation that the audience must experience asudden rush of fear, and at large emotions suddenly throughout thespan of the film (Royer, 2013). Some of the scenes from the film caneasily induce fear to people of all ages watching the film. Lightly,a tornado can evoke fear to a person who has been a victim of thedetrimental effects of tornados. Further into the film, the darkforest, the flying monkeys, trees that can talk, a very evil witchcan solicit sudden fear to the audience members (Weaver, 2013).
Lastly,there is a genre collected from a wider perspective that qualifiesthe film of reference. The genre attributes of science fiction.According to Goodykoontz (2014), “science fiction are films thatdeal with realistically reasoned speculation about future events orscientific theories, often set in outer space or alternativerealities, or dealing with time travel.” In the film ,there are two significant aspects that make the film qualify as ascience fiction film. The existence of an alternative reality wherethe tornado takes Dorothy and her dog is an aspect defined in thedefinition of science fiction. Moreover, time travel is anotheraspect that adds the crossover genre to the list. Dorothy and her dogdid not use any machine to travel to the alternative world, but thetornado took them there, a common spectacle in most clearly definedscience fiction films. Additional indicators include a yellow brickroad, the existence of a horse with different colors, and even themystic floating head of the great would make the filmreceive high considerations as science fiction indicators andsymbols.
Inconclusion, after watching the full film, the audience can realizethat the elements depicting the horror genre and the symbols showingthe musical genre add more meaning to the plot of the film, and tothe story at large. The combination of the two genres allows theaudience to fully connect with the themes depicted in the film,making it easy for any person of any age watching the movie get themeaning of the film. Following the illustrations presented above, qualifies to have analysis for the various genresincorporate to pass along the message to the watchers. The classicalfilm has over years claimed top spots in various classificationfilms, despite being over half a century old by now. The completionof the film in itself offers satisfaction to the audience. After all,that struggle in the alternative world, the encounters with magicallyflying heads, the adrenaline and fear within the audience is paid offby the concluding scenes where Dorothy gets back home to find familyand friends warmly waiting for her.
Goodykoontz,B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nded.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu
Royer,C., & Cooper, B. L. (2013). The spectacle of isolation inhorror films: dark parades. Routledge.
Weaver,J. B., & Tamborini, R. (2013). Horror films: Currentresearch on audience preferences and reactions. Routledge.