I have finally gotten the DVD copy of the movie from the local library and have managed to watch about fifty minutes and I'm real confused...
I am such a serious OZ fan I have a tattoo from my grandmother's "Land of Oz" book, which I read back in '62. Sam Raimi, as proof that one can have insane creativity on no budget with "Evil Dead," is a personal hero. I own the definitive DVD of the MGM Oz (I am a Luddite...I'm starting to think about Blu-Ray...)
Why the nasty man? The swarthy con man, whom I hate? The female ninny? The monkey with the human voice and a character that makes me cringe? Is this what Sam Raimi brought to the story?
I don't like these people. All my Oz lore tells me that the Wizard, when he met Dorothy years later, thought of himself as a good man and a humbug wizard. Am I being forced into a character arc? A bad man becomes a good man, albeit still a humbug wizard?
That wouldn't explain the monkey. Am I supposed to know this character from another media, as the MGM audience knew Bert Lahr from radio? I want to smack him!
If there are any Oz fans or Raimi fans out there who can help me understand, I appreciate your opinions and critiques. Don't worry about spoilers: I've got the movie for THREE WEEKS for FREE and can submerge myself as deeply as I want. The CGI is magical!