The Last Panza Review Ever
Your humble ReasonableCritic is discontinuing his blog to focus on other things. Panza Reviews has officially come to an end. To those of you who have read my blog, followed my blog, and talked about the minutiae of movies with me, I say: thank you.
The last movie I will review is fitting. I just got back from seeing The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D, and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had in a movie theater. All around me, children—children who were raised on Star Wars and Pixar—were gasping, laughing in delight, and asking thier parents for reassurance during the scary parts.
Every moment of this movie is iconic. Every. Single. Moment. And has there ever been a more quotable film? The Godfather is the only other one. Maybe.
The Wizard of Oz is the only film I can’t remember seeing for the first time. It’s as though it’s always been seared into my brain. The different locations feel like memories of actual places I have visited. The marvelous land of Oz is that real, that vivid and evocative. And yet, at the end of Dorothy’s quest, which has unfolded before us like a lucid dream, she realizes that the real, ordinary world is wondrous enough. There has never been a movie that more plainly affirms the miracle of life.
What of the 3D conversion? Is is sacrilege, or does it enhance the experience? I am happy to report that, despite some occasional blurriness, the 3D has been carried out with astonishing panache. You almost feel like you can step into Oz now; you can sense the landscape stretching out beyond the boundaries of the movie screen. The 3D also improves the film in one important respect: the matte paintings, given depth, look a lot less fake.
They say that if you listen to the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz, the two synch up. In my parting words, I encourage my readers to try it. Perhaps you have heard that it’s only an urban legend, but the people who say it doesn’t work are not doing it correctly. It is very, very important to start the album the moment after the lion in the MGM logo roars for the third time at the beginning of the movie. I will not comment on whether the synch was intentional or not, but if you find the experience to be cool, at least one good thing will have come out of Panza Reviews.
Film will last as long as our technologically advanced civilization does. Film is the greatest art form ever devised by man, and it makes me glad that I am alive at this time in human history. Whatever my problems, I know there will always be that theater, and the wonderful moment it goes dark.
Over and out.