In my opinion there are 'SO MANY' elements that make this film 'ONE' of the 'BEST' by far, and to me Michael Jackson is just 'ONE' of the many. I would still believe 110% without a doubt that this was a 'MAGNIFICENT' film even if Jackson was not a part of it, and I would have still watched it.
The whole concept of an urban version of the 'Land of OZ' is quite intriguing and with or without Michael Jackson or Diana Ross, New York or Kansas, in my opinion the underlying message of this film is what makes it very heartfelt, touching and memorable.
I am over-joyed that it just happens to be 2 of the most 'INCREDIBLE' Entertainers in History (Michael Jackson and Diana Ross) together in this amazing movie musical, because the legacy of Motown Records and what that record company and its founder Berry Gordy has done to change the face of American Music and film-making is nothing short of BRILLIANT, just like THE WIZ!
Unfortunately 'IN MY OPINION' White America have largelys turned there backs on THE WIZ today and was not ready for THE WIZ even 30 years ago, (even the stage version was hated and harshly critized by White critics for being too loud etc. and also included hateful vicious insults directed at Stephanie Mills) but with the hope of Barack OBAMA on the brink of becoming the first Black President in the History of this 'Often Racist' country, with hope and positive change just around the corner for 'EVERY MAN, WOMAN and CHILD of every age, color and economic class, then I'm sure "IF" The Wiz were to be rediscovered again for the valuable lessons that it holds for 'ALL PEOPLE of ALL COLORS', then I'm sure people would see THE WIZ as 'ONE' of the GREATEST most ENTERTAINING and BRILLIANT films ever to grace the 'Silver Screen', right alone side what White Americans have 'ALWAYS CLAIMED' to be 'THE' greatest film of all time, that being 'the Wizard of OZ', Hmmmmm.
"Can't You Feel a Brand New Day"!