The Wizard of Oz is the best fantasy film of all time At least according to the official DashFUN leaderboard, which includes Victor Fleming’s Oscar-winning cinema classic, among other things, Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the dark fairy tale “Pan’s Labyrinth” by Guillermo del Toro or the anime -masterpiece “The Castle in the Sky” by Hayao Miyazaki relegated to its places. And even if leaderboards are of course always somewhat subjective, it cannot be denied that “The Wizard of Oz” still has a very special meaning for cinema even after more than 70 years. Whether the recent remake “Rainbow” can even begin to leave a similar impression?
You can now convince yourself of exactly this, because Rainbow is available now exclusively on Netflix. Don’t expect another fairytale reimagining like 2013’s Sam Raimi’s Oz, though. Instead, Paco León (“Kiki, Love to Love”) the story of Dorothy Gale and her daydreams in a thoroughly modernized form for the here and now.
Speaking of Paco León, the Spanish filmmaker is not only a director, but also an actor – and as such recently starred alongside Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal for “Massive Talent”, which is available from today on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray gives:
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“It’s not a movie, it’s a trip,” says the trailer for “Rainbow” above, among other things, in which “Oz” connoisseurs should immediately discover a number of parallels to the well-loved classic – from the tornado scene, in that Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale once took off with her house, to the shot in which the four main characters walk across a field and of course to the protagonist, who daringly embarks on an adventure with her fluffy four-legged friend. This time it is the search for her mother that drives her. At the same time, however, a shady, sinister woman is up to mischief who has it in for her…
Not as pompously equipped or staged as the 1939 film (or the 2013 one), the trailer for “Rainbow” nevertheless promises an exuberant visual feast for the senses. The only thing that remains to be seen is how coherently the sometimes quite appealing images are interwoven with the story – or whether the hauntingly effective shots are ultimately just one side of a style-over-substance medal.
In addition to newcomer Dora Postigo, there are also Spanish actors such as Rossy de Palma (“Parallel Mothers”), Carmen Maura (“Volver”), Luis Bermejo (“We are Champions”) and two cast members from Netflix Subscribers may already know: Ester Expositó was a regular cast member in the teen drama “Élite” as Carla Roson from the first episode, Hovik Keuchkerian was in seasons 3 to 5 of the Heist megahit “House of Money” as Bogotá to see.
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