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The Wiz Vs Return Of The Wiz Critical Review


The Wiz vs. Return Of The Wiz

By: Talia Moore

On the rector scale of 1-10 according to film critics The Wiz was a 2. It seems most of the criticism was aimed at Diana Ross, her age and her odd appearance and performance. Michael Jackson was a welcome and loved character, and the other characters were only an addition to a spiraling musical.

From the beginning of the production, The Wiz was un-budgeted, manipulated, transformed, and caused personal expense and frustration on all parties involved. It would have made more sense for the makers of this movie to follow the original stage production, but that would have been to easy. Under much undue stress the makers of, “The Wiz,” went with the script of Joel Schumacher, who completely re-wrote the movie to fit a New York state of mine.

Viewer criticism also raised questions of lengthy song renditions, poverty stricken scenes, and scantly clad dress dancers. There are so many questions gone unanswered, but why cry over spilled milk? Why not take the milk and make it into something that we can enjoy digesting?

Return Of The Wiz, is a carefully written remake of the 30 year old blunder of, “The Wiz.” Before Return Of the Wiz was written much research was done on; The Wizard Of Oz (1936) original screenplay. “The Wiz,” stage play (1975). The 1978, “The Wiz,“ screenplay and the 2006 stage play performances, “The Wiz, (De Stage play). When considering to create Return Of The Wiz all of the loose ends had to be tied up, there had to be a true emotional attachment, and the viewer would truly have to care about why Dorothy had to go home. Return Of The Wiz brings closure to a 30 year old question, “What happen to Dorothy?

Return Of The Wiz has bits and elements from each and every production from 1936-2006 Play and Screen productions of , “The Wizard Of Oz.” The characters are identifiable yet, popular for today’s audience. The casting selected for this movie targets a youthful audience. By using young actors and singers the youth audience can identify with the story and look forward to the performances of their favorite artist. Keeping the project young and modern, yet classy and classic will keep viewers coming to see this film over and over.

Visual effects for this movie must be the best ever seen. To make an epic movie, viewers must believe they are apart of something they can believe in and also fantasize about. By using special effects to make certain characters come to life is key to keeping the interest of the audience and moving the story to its peak performance. The setting takes place in Long Island, NY, but ventures into live locations of NYC instead of remote locations. Shooting background scenes will allow the viewing audience the visualize Dorothy‘s progression from Harlem to The Hampton’s and why their should be a peaceful end to this great story. Most viewers of this film are from urban areas, by viewing the film they will believe they can overcome temporary challenges and defeat their greatest fears to fulfill their ultimate purpose in life.

Some of the musical renditions of the original Wiz, have remained in, “Return Of The Wiz,” as classic music pieces, yet modern music must be composed to update musical numbers for a modern sound. To support the continuance of the storyline, we must integrate the music as apart of the plot, instead of placing the music as a full rendition in it’s self.

Return Of The Wiz will reset the precedent for the Wizard of Oz renditions. Truly the best is yet to come. This film is available for option. For more information about this film please visit or .