Should have used some white actors/actresses!
I was flipping channels and came across this movie today. I must say I was actually entertained. I thought it had decent production values. The costumes were excellent. The music wasn't bad. After the movie, I decided to come here to IMDB for more info about the movie and was surprised to see such a low rating. Although not the greatest movie, I don't think it deserves the low 4.7. Not understanding the hate, I decided to take a peak in the forums...
One complaint I keep hearing on this forum is the lack of any white actors and actresses in the film. And I agree! This movie could have and should have had some white actors. I think this movie could have been a great platform for social commentary via satire.
In other words, they should have cast white actors and actresses as the wicked witch and the villains. Then ofcourse cast one or two token white actors here and there who would eventually die a horrible death or betray Dorothy, The deceptive and cowardly Wiz himself could have been a possible candidate. Or maybe cast tin man white and have him be the clutzy comic relief cracking one liners throughout the movie. This would have been comedy gold! Ofcourse we all know some people would not have understood and would not have been laughing if this had actually happened.
This kind of satirical comedy is done quite often these days, and most people can laugh about it. Back then it would have been controversial. The same people who saw no problems when the exact roles were reversed as was so common back then(and even still today), would no doubt have cried and screamed foul and labelled it as racist, never understanding the irony of it all.