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I keep trying to write this post over and over again, trying to find the words to describe this movie even the slightest bit objectively, but I can't, so I am so very sorry. You're getting full on fangirl mode here. I can't help it, I'm thinking about things in the movie, and characters and it's like I'm a little kid again, reading the Oz books for the first time.
Story this time is going to be short, since this is supposedly a direct prequel to The Wizard of Oz, I didn't go in blank slate like usual. The story is basically the Wizard, a circus magician named Oscar Diggs, Oz for short, is running away from a mess he created in his hot air balloon, and accidentally ends up in a tornado. He arrives in Oz, where he meets Theodora. She takes him to the Emerald City, meeting a flying monkey along the way. Oz saves the monkey from the lion about to eat him, and Finley swears a life debt, joining the party. They make it to the palace awaiting him, the wizard of the prophecy, and he meets Evanora, Theodora's sister. Evanora tells him to get the riches he needs to kill the wicked witch who poisoned her own father, the king, to assume the throne before being chased out.
So he sets off on his quest to break the wicked witches wand and restore order. On the way, they rescue a China Girl(not named in the movie or imdb), and though Oz wants her to go the safe path back to the Emerald City, she refuses and adamantly demands to go on with him. They finally find the witch, who turns out to be the good witch Glinda. She tells him the full truth, and we find that Evanora is the real wicked witch. She turns her sister evil by twisting the truth to hurt her feelings enough to eat an enchanted apple that will wither her heart and thereby destroy all emotions. This apple also makes her green and super evil.
From here on, the story is just preparation for the upcoming battle and the battle itself between good and evil.
There are so many good things about this movie, between the references to the books and movie that came before, to the amazing scenery in the background, cameos by Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi? Come on, what's not to love? The only two things I found it lacking in, were the constant attempts on his life, it gets so suspenseful that he's going to die several times, but we all know he's not going to die, at least not in this movie. Second thing, I know it's supposed to focus on the three main witches in the original story and the movie, but I would have very much appreciated some passing comment at least on Locasta, Good Witch of the South. I suppose they just merged her with Glinda, seeing as Glinda kisses Oz on the forehead for protection before going up against the witches in the final battle. I loved that touch.
Final verdict is that this is an amazing movie, and good for anyone no matter their level of Oz fandom, only exception is young children, it does get scary several times and it is rated PG for a reason.