The Wizard of Oz. which was released in 1939, is a classic film adapted from the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum released in 1900. Many films have been inspired by both the movie and the novel it was adapted from including the iconic roster of characters or the rich emerald city of Oz.
Wizard of Oz Plot
Dorothy finds herself in a strange land after a storm sweeps up her farm house in Kansas. There she meets the kind Witch of the North, who instructs her with the aid of munchkins that she needs to find The Wizard to get back home. Along her journey, she meets The Tin Man, The Scarcrow, and The Cowardly Lion.
There’s no place like home”
Land of Oz Characters
Dorothy is a young kind-hearted girl who sees the best in everyone. She is brave and isn’t afraid to stand up for her friends and what she believes in. Her curiosity is shown in her tenacity to explore the world around her instead of being afraid of it.
The Tin Man is a woodsman made of tin, who is saved by Dorothy helping to rid his rusted parts with oil. He reveals that he is without a heart and joins Dorothy to The Wizard hoping to find what he is looking for.
The Scarecrow is found in a pumpkin patch left to scare away crows, but confesses he isn’t very good at it because he doesn’t have a brain. He joins Dorothy to The Wizard hoping to find what he is looking for.
The Cowardly Lion is spotted hiding behind a tree from Dorothy, The Scarecrow and The Tin Man, but when they offer him kindness he reveals that he wants to join Dorothy to The Wizard hoping to gain courage.
The Wicked West of the West is a cruel, wicked woman who gains thrills from terrorizing others. Throughout the film, she attacks Dorothy and her friends wanting to get rid of them, as she sees them as a threat to her existence.
The Witch of the North is a kind witch beloved by the munchkins of Munchkin Land and offers to help Dorothy by telling her how to track down The Wizard, who can help her return home. She is also seen as the good witch when compared to The Wicked Witch of the West.
Many people associate the Broadway musical Wicked, when thinking of The Wizard of Oz. The musical is an adaptation of Wicked, which comes from the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.
The novel is a prequel of The Wizard of Oz, showing both The Wicked Witch of the West. The Wicked Witch of the East and The Good Witch of The North attending school together.
I first watched the film with my siblings, and at a young age The Wicked Witch of the West can seem scary and intimidating, yet watching it later at an older age, you wonder what was so scary about her? I must admit, being attacked by a group of flying monkeys is still frightening.
I would give this film an eight out of ten rating, for the memorable characters and songs seen throughout the film. The writers adapted the novel accurately, but it seemed like the characters could be developed more. Each character is identified by one defining trait, which makes up the rest of their identity.