Two things I like on a rainy day: a cup of hot chocolate and a good movie (though a good book comes in a very close second). And one rainy day I came across a movie called Tin Man staring Zooey DeSchanel, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming and a personal favorite, Callum Keith Rennie. Now, while I am a fan of the original. Judy Garland and Toto were favorite friends (and many years later, Flying Monkeys were a symbol of a personality quirk of mine) but Tin Man is a great new twist on a classic.
This two disc set staring Deschanel, McDonough, Cumming, Richard Dreyfuss, and Raoul Trujillo (as DG; Tin Man; Glitch, the Wizard and Raw) is the retelling of the Wizard of Oz with more contemporary ideas, language and concept. After the storm takes DG back to Oz (come to find out she’s been there before!) she and her motley crew of loveable (but filled with secrets) band of familiar characters (with their own unique take) must travel to find the sorceress named Azkadellia: A witch with a few secrets of her own. The story plot is intense, beautiful, sad, mesmerizing and hopeful. While made for television, it would equally be at home on the big screen. Every time it ends, you will be hitting the play button again. You can’t get enough of DG and friends! The Yellow Brick road will never be the same! The extras are just the right amount and are perfect additions to the story.
This isn’t the Frank L. Baum story as we’ve all known and loved over the years. While still keeping with the fantastical and magic of Oz that we’ve all grown to love, it is a more realistic telling. The characters are more deeply explored and examined. The story captivates as equally as the scenery is beautiful. You have found yourself over the rainbow and in a world as dangerous as it is beautiful; treacherous as it is home. You will surely tell yourself, “We’re not in Kansas anymore!!”
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