Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Who Played It Best? The Wicked Witch of the West

Who Played It Best? The Wicked Witch of the West
"Who Played It Best?" will be a weekly poll on my blog. Each Wednesday, I will collect a group of actors known for playing the same character in the movies. You will have the entire week to vote for who you felt played the character the best. I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

The Wicked Witch of the West is easily one of the best villains in all of popular culture. She is a female Mephistopheles with green skin and a fly broom. She has a freaky face, she has pointy nose and she has a wicked laugh. A good performance of the witch takes more than a creepy laugh, it takes some saturation and maturity as many other performances. I mean, as far as female villains go, the Wicked Witch of the West is the cream of the crop. She has complete power at her disposal, she can bring fear without much trouble and she is just plain evil. Margaret Hamilton and Mila Kunis are the two popular versions of the character onscreen so far. I think both performances are interesting and both "The Wizard of Oz" and "Oz: The Great And Powerful" all have their own charms. (Only one of those movies are a rewatchable classic, and I think you all know which one.) I am going to try and find out which actress did better with the character. This column has had quite a few males so far, and there are quite a few women I want to get to on this column.

I think Hamilton and Kunis both did very good with the character, but in very different ways. Much like when we were discussing William Shatner and Chris Pine a few weeks ago, we meet both actresses in different moments in the characters life. When "The Wizard of Oz" came out in the 1930's, The Wicked Witch of the West had been active for quite sometime. She has been slowly but surely creating her evil power. In "Oz: The Great And Powerful," which came out last year, we meet the witch before Dorothy makes to Oz, or before Oz even shows up as a wizard. We see the witch's transformation from normal witch to a wicked witch. So both versions of the character could not be more different from each other. I have to say though that both actresses do good with the role. 

My Two Cents
For me, you can't beat a classic. Margaret Hamilton is my personal favorite version of the character onscreen. Part of the reason why I like her so much is that she put the stamp on the character first. She raised the bar first, she was the first horse out of the gate. Back in the 1930's, she set the standard for the character, and nothing can take that away from her. Not only that, but out of both versions of the character, Hamilton's version is the best. Sure, Hamilton's movie did not have the budget or CGI that Kunis' version, and that certainly helped Kunis to a degree. But Hamilton relied all on her performance, only her performance to create callous and menace. For that, her mission was accomplished. We have a character onscreen that is wicked, powerful, crazy, and spooky. As much as I love Kunis, Hamilton is the most evil out both of the witches. But that is just me, you can vote however you want!

Which version of the witch is more wicked?  Let me know by next Wednesday. You can start voting today. You can email me ( or just simply leave a name in my comments section below.

Last week, we took a look at three actors who played the same character in a very small window of time. We looked at Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo, all of whom played the Hulk in one film each. I think there were good reasons to vote for each actor, but one actor has been crowned victor tonight. The best Hulk is...
Mark Ruffalo smashes everything in his path for the win!


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