After the Wizard
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A 12-year-old orphan girl in modern day Kansas imagines that things have not gone well in Oz since the Wizard left and that the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman have come to find Dorothy.
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She is visited by The Scarecrow (Jermel Nakia) and Tin Woodman (Orien Richman). At this point the bulk of the movie is a flashback of their journey from Oz to Jersey, to Kansas. The make up and acting were bad. The limited special effects were not as good as those 50 years ago. This film was a pathetic clash of Asylum and Hallmark.
This film is designed for the young and not one adults will want to sit through.
This is a charming story. There are delightful side characters, particularly the woman who runs the animal shelter. I loved the costumes for the Tin Woodsman and the Scarecrow, their voices and especially the way they moved.
Jordan Van Vranken (Dorothy) is a student at an orphanage that knows the land of Oz is in trouble and initially appears to be imagining the Tin Man and Scarecrow's appearance, but they're actually real. They just disappear whenever teachers or adults are around to make it look like Jordan has an overactive imagination. However the Tin Man and Scarecrow are actually out there riding around in a hot air balloon visiting places such as school children in New Jersey, the Statue of Liberty, the dog pound in their attempt to find Toto, and taking bus rides all the while desperately wanting to know where Kansas is (and getting several history and geography lessons along the way).
I'm not kidding about any of this. This all might sound really silly, but from the point of view of a child this story might make more sense (or seem less ridiculous). For some reason the Tin Man looks like baseball player Chase Utley and the Scarecrow is an African American. I just find this funny because this isn't at all what the original characters look like from the Wizard of Oz movie.Read more ›
The rest of the movie is kind of told out of order. We find out how the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman got to Kansas and why. Since the Wizard left Oz, everyone there has stopped caring and are basically greedy... which is similar to what's going on in our world apparently. The Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion all decide upon seeking out Dorothy's help. But, there's just one problem. They have no idea where she is! The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman take a hot air balloon ride to the United States, and travel to Kansas so they can find Dorothy at last.
There are some pacing problems and bits of poorly-written dialogue. The acting was impressive for an independent film; the standouts being Helen Richman as Mrs. Murphy, Loren Lester as Dr. Edwards, and Peter Mark Richman as Charles Samuel Williams.
The movie has a couple of visual effects-heavy sequences that weren't executed all that well, but considering the budget, these can easily be forgiven. My main problem with the movie was the ending. I don't want to get into too much detail or spoil anything, but I don't feel like the ending resolved some of the problems that were presented.
Jordan Van Vranken does an excellent job in her role as Elizabeth, and I'm looking forward to seeing her continue to improve in her career.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A terrible movie but bought it for family that lives where this movie was shot. So, it was good I guess to watch for them to see their town.Published 4 months ago by nopublicnamerequired
kinda stupid, not what the kids expected... missing that .. for lack of a better word, magicPublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you loved The Wizard of Oz and can't get enough of the magical characters, this is the movie for you. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles Kelly
A good concept weighted down by a low budget. Still worth a look. Well done scene in train.Published 21 months ago by G. Coniglio
It wasn't something I would recommend to watch to anyone I know.Published 23 months ago by Tim Rohrenbach
Watched this with my kids and it was painful to get through it. Totally stupid. Was the girl mentally unbalanced? Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by gregory dallas quaresma
If you're from Kansas and you grew up with "The Wizard of Oz" being a part of you're psyche, then this movie will just plain make you laugh out loud! Hilarious!Published on April 6, 2013 by Ann M. Bemis
My family & I enjoyed this movie very much! The young actress, Jordan Van Vranken stole our hearts! Would highly recommend this dvd to anyone with kids!Published on December 10, 2012 by Paula K