Oz’s Return and past Wizard of Oz cases

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I can’t wait to see who the Wicked Witch of the West is and how she comes to be. So far, the color and details of the film are gorgeous. I think if the film does not win me with its script, it will at least have my heart with its beauty.

Oz The Great and Powerful Cast
Source: Walt Disney Studios

Yet, this is not the first time that we get a glimpse into the history of the city of Oz and its inhabitants. Over the years, there have been a few adaptations:


The Wiz

The Wiz

An urban film adaptation of the original Wizard of Oz that tells the story of Dorothy, played by Diana Ross, and her friends, which include Michael Jackson. Produced by Motown Productions, this film is the rhythm tale of Oz. I personally like the fact that the walk down the yellow brick road isn’t so stiff. There’s a pep to their step that’s missing in all other films.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

A novel written by Gregory Maguire that tells the “true” story behind Elphaba (Wicked Witch of the West) and Dorothy in Oz. The story takes everything we know to have happened in the original film and invents details that justify the Wicked Witch of the West’s actions.

In this book, Elphaba is the hero that has been misunderstood, a woman’s struggle with being green, different, and mistreated. The idea, in theory, of this book is amazing, in fact, it’s the reason why I read it as soon as I heard a synopsis. But the execution was painful. There are very confusing parts that seem to have some deeper then life meaning that doesn’t come across at all. I’m deeply scarred from the weird “orgy” scene with the speaking animals and other beings. Yes, its just as crazy as it sounds. The characters are out at night in a dark bar-like place and all of a sudden there is some drawn out group sex scene that makes everything weird.

I just kept asking myself, why?

Wicked The Musical

WILLEMIJN VERKAIK AS ELPHABA Wicked The Musical

Although I wasn’t a fan of the novel, I allowed myself to go see the musical. There is a reason why it’s the best show currently running on Broadway. They took the long twisted novel and deleted all the un-necessaries. Besides the wonderful music, the play is filled with humor and color. Glinda is absolutely hilarious. I recommend Wicked to everyone  who is looking for a great Broadway show and an awesome experience. It is worth every penny. Especially if you’re a fan of the Wizard of Oz.

Wicked The Musical Tour and Broadway

Oz the Great and Powerful, has a great cast and beautiful cinematography.  Let’s wait and see where it lines up along the rest of its predecessors.

Oz the Great and Powerful U.S. release date March 8, 2013

The Official Oz the Great and Powerful Site

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