What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie, a sequel to the Judy Garland classic, is nowhere near as whimsical nor fantastical (nor fantastic) as the original. It has a gloomier, spookier look and feel, though it does have heart. (Dorothy, as in the first movie, is as sweet as ever.) Children 8 and younger will likely find it disturbing, especially if they’re fans of the original. Some scenes show an Oz that’s fallen apart, dominated by a headless princess and a vengeful, stony king. The way they go after Dorothy is a freaky, nerve-wracking sight to behold.
- Families can talk about why Dorothy is drawn to Oz: What's in that world that isn't in her own? Why does she continue her journey even if it's perilous?
- What are the lessons she learns from this second journey? Are they different from the first?
- How does this version compared to the original film, and to the L. Frank Baum books?