reading the original Wizard of Oz book, I've had a lot of refamiliarizing myself with the world of Oz over the past few years. When Disney initially announced that they were making a new Oz movie, it wasn't clear what to expect. Would it just be a remake of the popular Wizard of Oz film with Judy Garland? Would it be the speculated movie-musical for the popular Broadway show Wicked? Would it be based on some of the other Oz books? Or would it be something completely new similar to their reimagining of Alice in Wonderlandd from a few years back? The answer became obvious as more details were known and especially once the trailers were released. We were getting a new story in the form of a prequel explaining how the Wizard arrived in Oz and what happened once he was there.
Danny Elfman's music and the opening threads of the score definitely had sounds characteristic of his other work but it was also fresh and unique and had a fun and approachable style.
Once the credits finished, we were dropped into a circus/carnival scene presented in black-and-white. We remained in black-and-white through the entire opening sequence in the same way the Judy Garland film was in B&W throughout her Kansas scenes.
Overall, it's great fun and a worthy source of enjoyment.
3.5 out of 5 stars