The Women of Oz

Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful made its debut into theaters early this month, but fans of The Wizard of Oz everywhere have different opinions. Whether you see it in 3D or not, the film is aesthetically pleasing, and I’m not just saying that because of James Franco. Aside from the yellow brick road and Zach Braff as a talking monkey, it’s about time we paid attention to the witches of Oz and not just that fake ol’ wizard.

Mila Kunis as Theodora //

In reference to The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the WestMila CollageAdored as the shallow & hollow Jackie Burkhart on That’s 70’s Show and the independent woman of several flicks including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Friends with Benefits, Mila Kunis’ role as Theodora “The Good” does not leave us with such a goofy grin. Actually, we’re left with more of a soft spot for one of our evil witches. Keeping this post spoiler-free, let’s just say the audience’s relationship with Theodora is more of a love-hate thing.

As do all the women of Oz, Mila looks absolutely flawless: good or bad witch. She wears a red rose makeup scheme of rosy-brown eyeshadow and pure red lipstick. Her eyes bulge, appearing unrealistically large, with an amount of mascara only acceptable in Hollywood. That’s for her white skin, at least. I wouldn’t have the first clue about how to  comment on the proper makeup scheme for a green complexion.

Rachel Weisz as Evanora //

In reference to The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the East (aka striped socks and a house for a hat)Rachel CollageDefinitely no love-hate relationship here, the audience has plain hate for Evanora. It’s interesting to see the Wicked Witch of the West’s sister alive for a change, considering she’s only a pair of boots in the original. The name Evanora alone is exquisite, and I can’t stop saying it without a long “a:” Evanoraaaaaaa. I usually think of Rachel Weisz as the loving mother she always plays, like in The Lovely Bones and Knowing (sorry to even mention this terrible movie, but it’s true,) but as a woman of Oz, she stood on her own and she stood tall.

The only thing to love would be her phenomenal dress made of sheer and sequins all appropriating the Emerald City in a beautiful shade of green. The dress screams expensive, and was an item that made me question the film’s budget. That, and the extremely legitimate special effects for the witches’ powers. It was hard to tell if Rachel’s hair was long or short when she shot this film, may it be a mystery forever. Regardless, it was styled to any girl going to prom’s liking with barrel curls tied up and down.

Michelle Williams as Glinda //

In reference to The Wizard of Oz: GlindaMichelle CollageEverything about the character of Glinda is perfect. She’s beautiful, actually the good witch, and caring for all the wittle munchkins. While Glinda only has one scene in the original, the audience gets the chance to see her in not only Munchkinland but in Emerald City, and up-close-and-personal with Oz. If you were jealous of Michelle Williams for doing all kinds of things with Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine or for literally getting to be Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, then her looks alone in Oz will leave you lime green jello.

Glinda wears a charming crown the entire time: a crown literally with a jeweled charm dangling from the front. Unfortunately, a style like this is not exactly something we would wear around campus, so let’s just cross our fingers we get invited to Cinderella’s ball (you never know..) Michelle Williams wears the beeswax out of three different light pink glitter covered dresses throughout the film. All properly respecting the clavicle, which everyone loves in an outfit.

While the women of Oz and their fashion are unforgettable, just because this post didn’t focus on James Franco, doesn’t mean we’d ever forget about him ; )

This video suddenly makes sense. Cornrows + Selena Gomez tunes = Spring Breakers in production. A-HA!

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