Toto, We Should Have Stayed in Kansas
|"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" (2014).|
Gold was a popular topic of discussion then due to the perennial candidacy for President of William Jennings Bryant, famous for his 1896 "Cross of Gold" speech. In fact, that is a doubtful interpretation, an over-reading of the symbolism in "Oz," but it shows that there is depth to the story and multiple interpretations, a sign of good literature that makes you think.
|The rainbow symbolism is a bit dodgy without Judy Garland singing the song|
Now, if it were Judy Garland and Ray Bolger on the screen and this was 1940, that might not be such a bad thing. However, in "Legends" we are left with rote animated figures and standard tv actors as voice actors doing standard tv gags, and it just isn't very special.
|The Good Witch, Glinda, is one of the few good things about "Legends of Oz."|
|Dorothy with Fruit Stripe Lawyer in Candy Court - please leave the lawyers in Kansas.|
|The boys are all tied up, they'll have to get back to you.|
Every time Dan Aykroyd says something as the Scarecrow it's hard not to think of "Ghostbusters," and you keep waiting for Patrick Stewart as Tugg to say "Make it so." Jim Belushi makes little impression as the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr is an impossible act to follow), while Kelsey Grammer gets it all wrong as the Tin Man, who is supposed to be an old softie, not an action hero.
|Martin Short rules in "Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns."|
It was not real, as the movie pointedly revealed in the final scene, it was simply a young girl's imagination running wild in the depths of delirium. There were no "magic beams" and no need for the town to be condemned - and there was no FEMA to send people to camps back in 1939. Also, it looks as if they studied "Alice in Wonderland" just a bit too closely when creating the environment for "Legends," as the distinctions between Oz and Wonderland are few and far between in "Legends."
|The romance between Marshal Mallow and Princess works beautifully.|
|Oz has a forbidding look which is a bit off.|
|Stay home next time, Dorothy.|