Presumptuously speaking, this new take (a prequel) is/will be a modern classic. Director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) is in his fantasy-adventure element here, creating an Oz world for the new millennium: ultra-colorful, storybook sets, and spectacular 3D. (If a 3D showing is available, go for it.) L. Frank Baum, author of the original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, would surely be proud of this incarnation.
There is a sideways homage to Dorothy, however. During a Kansas scene, Diggs’ girlfriend Annie (MIchelle Willams, who also plays the good witch) jilts him by saying she is engaged to a guy named John Gale. Hmm, could he be related to our Dorothy aka Dorothy Gale? Maybe Anne will eventually be nicknamed “Em” as in Auntie Em? Maybe the next Oz flick will cover that territory.
We're off to see the film's trailer!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DylgNj4YQVc