"Sam said something really interesting to me in the beginning. He said there's a reason that Glinda, the Good Witch, doesn't go down the Yellow Brick Road, and that she's not on the journey, because she's one dimensional. She doesn't have anything she needs to learn about herself."
Michelle Williams plays the beautiful and motherly figure Glinda the Good in the upcoming Disney prequel Oz the Great and Powerful, which opens in theaters March 8. Is Glinda truly one dimensional? Michelle was able to bring out the complexities of Glinda and her role in the story. But Glinda's one-dimensionality, her unwavering goodness (not to mention her whimsical means of travel and fabulous gowns), is what will make her a favorite of many fans.
Some of us just have to choose the hero or heroine. We just have to. We may be intrigued by the bad guy or engrossed in the redemption or the fall of some of the more complex characters, but when it comes right down to it, the good guy, or gal, will be our favorite character. I think many of the kids who see this movie, especially little girls, will feel this way.
Others of us can't resist a bit of delicious evil. A convincing, disturbing even, villain really makes the movie, so if a character pulls that off, well that character is our favorite. We need little rebellion, a little intrigue, some depth and dimension. Or, maybe the story of a true transformation is our cup of tea, or the tragic tale of a misguided character who lost his way.
I think the characters we choose to love says, well, not much about our love of good or evil, but a lot about our taste for storytelling. And often a lot about the way we internalize stories or apply theme to real life. Maybe also a little something about our own sense of conformity to a predetermined set of values or a willingness, or unwillingness, to step outside the box. We could analyze this stuff all day, right? But in the end, it's just a fun question to ask:
Which witch will be your favorite?
If you think Glinda will be your kind of gal, you'll love learning more about her. And if you don't, well the insight into Glinda that Michelle Williams gave us when we interviewed her at the world premiere just might convince you:
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