the-wicked-witch-of-the-east

Wicked songs explained
  • No One Mourns the Wicked:The catchy celebratory song relating to a death.
  • Dear Old Shiz:The song that eases us into a flashback
  • The Wizard and I:A song filled with an unbelievable amount of irony and foreshadowing.
  • What is this feeling?:The song with sexual tension.
  • Something Bad:The song that helps build the plot.
  • Dancing Through life:The YOLO song
  • Popular:The song that hints Galinda's crush on Elphie.
  • I'm Not That Girl:The beautiful but sad song.
  • One Short Day:The fun song.
  • Sentimental Man:The Wizard's innocent song
  • Defying Gravity:The empowering song that teaches you to be strong, independent, and make brooms fly with the right spell.
  • Thanks Goodness:The song that's actually very sad.
  • Wicked Witch of the East:The song they should have included on the album.
  • Wonderful:The Wizard's song in attempt to get you back on his side.
  • I'm Not That Girl (Reprise):The 'wow what a plot twist' song.
  • As Long As You're Mine:The passionate love song
  • No Good Deed:The song that will send chills down your spine.
  • March of the Witch Hunters:The song that's kinda gruesome.
  • For Good:The song that will have you bawling your eyes out
  • Finale:The song that will shatter your heart into many pieces and have you scheduling your next therapy appointment because you're not emotionally okay.

Here’s my interpretation of Nessarose from Wicked done during a ‘sketchercize’ with godrickdraws / the-grumpiest-of-faeries yesterday.

09-08-2015

Dorothy: I thought you said she was dead.

Glinda: That was her sister–the Wicked Witch of the East.  This is the Wicked Witch of the West.  And she’s worse than the other one was.

The Wicked Witch of the West: Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East?  Was it you?!

-“The Wizard of Oz”

Glinda: Not so fast! You and I aren’t finished here. 

Evanora: You have the throne, Glinda. What more could you want? 

Glinda: You can’t give me that. You took what mattered most from me: my father.  I’ll never fell the comfort of his kindness, but I’ll settle for the freedom of his people.

Evanora: Of course, Glinda: at the very least, they deserve that.

[Evanora blast Glinda with green lightning, then beings to levitate]

Evanora:  What’s the matter, Glinda?  Out of bubbles?

-“Oz the Great and Powerful”

Rachel Weisz (Evanora The Wicked Witch Of The East) & Mila Kunis (Theodora The Wicked Witch Of The West) In Oz The Great And Powerful (2013).

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Witches in Film Series: Evanora (Sam Raimi’s tribute to the Witch of the East)

I’ve seen plenty renditions of the Wicked Witch of the West in my time.  Comparing those performances to Margaret Hamilton’s would be like comparing hand-turkey’s made by preschoolers to a work of Donatello.  In my heart of hearts, I feel that Raimi knew that making a satisfying Wicked Witch of the West was a fool’s errand.  However, an endearing portrait of the Witcked Wtch of the East really hasn’t been done before.  Yes, there have been treatments of the character, but you have to remember that this a witch whose death sparks one of the grandest celebrations on film. The problem with Theodora (Raimi’s WWotW) is that her backstory doesn’t lead a viewer to believe that she is the TRUE witch of the west.  Despite attempts by the film’s cast and director, they couldn’t fulfill Glinda’s 1939 characterization of the WWotW by making her ”worse than the other one” (the other one refering to the witch of the East.  I felt that Raimi was aware that his West wouldn’t be strong, so that is why the East witch, Evanora, is given a great deal of gravitas.  When you add an actor of such prestige Rachel Weisz and a director as good as Raimi, you can’t help but try and make an endearing portrait of a character who hasn’t really been fleshed out that much.  That said, I think Evanora is the element of Oz the Great and Powerful that is the most effective representation of evil in the film, and perhaps her presence is the most effective part of the film itself.  Her evil is paradoxically the result of free-will and partial determinism via the dictates of dark magic.  She chooses to perform the same magic on herself that she offers her sister in order to achieve the clarity that she feels wickedness provides.  Her intent before her own self-damnation is already malevolent, but she worries that her own maliciousness will not be enough to rule Oz.  So, she out evils herself.  While there are a large number of villains who wouldn’t claim they are evil, Evanora most certainly would because she views the philosophy of being evil to be a superior mode of living.  What is interesting is, hag appearance aside, she seems to be in far more control of herself than Theodoro proves to be, especially post greenification.  Evanora is aware of how wickedness is treated by the masses, so she plays the part of adviser while secretly calling the shots.  Here wickedness is part political philosophy.  Theodora’s emotional instability would not allow for such complex deception.  The apple is Evanora’s safety net: it allow her to change her sister so radically that Theodora becomes the embodiment of Evanora’s political philosophy (though she isn’t shown to be as understanding of what it means). 

Evanora also has a strange mixture of both vanity and self-respect.  She regrets nothing.  Just because she has undergone a transformation that has taken its tole on her body does not mean she plans to wear such a mark of Cain.  She reinstates her beauty.  She seeks to achieve her plan of conquest through patience and with a sense of comfort. Obviously, she cares about her appearance, so she bends the rules of what wickedness means in Oz so that she can have her cake and eat it too (remember the fucked-up Glinda logic “Only bad witches are ugly?”).  The biggest problem I have with Evanora’s characterization is her reaction to Oz’s trickery.  She sizes him up the second she sees him, and I don’t feel that she is gullible enough to believe his claim of achieving a more evolved, ethereal state–especially since we know how well-verse she is in magic.  She can manipulate Theodora, and she can take down Glinda.  Raimi’s ode the Eastern witch may have been too ambitious since a lot of the plot doesn’t add up in the film’s conclusion.  If her hag-state is similar to Theodora’s green state, why couldn’t she have continued fighting?  The best answer I’ve come up with is that he decrepitude catches up with her so quickly that she loses the complete control over herself that she had held for so long.  

Weisz’s witch is pretty indelible when you think about it.  Again, I point to the apple seen.  The implication we get is that Evanora has undergone the process of her own accord.  Her coldness, murderous nature, and sociopathy make complete sense when we read that she has performed the same ritual on herself., and it is pretty easy to see that Weisz understands that Evanora is a step beyond usual evil (to steal a Dumbledore quote).

Not a particularly good film, but it has a very endearing witch.