Monday, July 23, 2012

Seven thoughts from the first half of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Anne Hathaway is still reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to me and we're about halfway done. More notes on the first half:

  • My memory of the movie is that the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and Cowardly Lion all have significant moments late in the story that show that they already have brains, heart, and courage. In the book, that happens almost as soon as you meet them and several times.
  • I'm not sure which I like better. I appreciate the drama of doing it later in the story, but it really is cool to see the Scarecrow figure things out before everyone else and to see the Lion being brave while claiming that he's not.
  • Unfortunately, the Woodsman's heart is limited to his crying over hurt animals, but okay.
  • I understand the special effects limitations of the film, but I'm sorry that they didn't include the Mouse Queen and her subjects. They make the poppy field scene a whole lot more fun and memorable.
  • I also dig how the Wizard calls each member of the group separately and appears as something different each time. 
  • Overall, I'm loving the book a lot more than the movie so far. 
  • It's really making me want to read the Eric Shanower/Skottie Young adaptation.
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