Thursday, September 08, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Being a huge Johnny Depp fan, I decided my movie to see this week would be Charlie. I honestly don't really like remakes, so I was prepared for the worst. I'd seen many a still picture from the movie..and Johnny looked good, so I thought, why not? As per usual, there wasn't many people in the cinema (that suits me fine) except for the disabled kids that are usually there, and make weird noises right throughout the film. Still, I had my choc bomb ice cream, I was set.
Sitting thru many a preview, watching the clips to Shark Boy and Lava Girl for the umpteenth time, I'm definitely going to go and see the new Harry Potter film. Judging by the clips, it looks like it's going to shit all over the others. But I digress.
So, approximately 2 hours later, I came out of the cinema with a huge grin on my face. I really enjoyed it! I do love Tim Burton's films, and this wasn't a disappointment. The story pretty much stuck to the original film script, of course there were a few changes. Which I thought was good. The Oompa-Loompah's were completely different, thank god for that. What I liked about them was, it was a regular actor, shrunk down of course, multiplied many times. The music was totally different too, much more of a "disco" style to it. Very camp. Christopher Lee starred also, as Willy Wonka's father. I don't remember the original movie touching on Willy's past. This one did. Great touch. The ending was different too, which I liked. I won't give anything else away, except that Johnny has great comedy skills. I really don't know why he doesn't do more comedy.
In conclusion, I recommend the film. Don't listen to when people say its too "dark" to bring kids. I think the kids would love it. I certainly didn't find anything in it that would upset or scare children. Not having read the book, I can't say whether or not this version was more true to Roald Dahl's vision than the first movie. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you see it, I hope you do too.

1 comment:

nenni said...

I so wanna see this movie. I had an urge to see Finding Neverland, which I ended up buying...kinda boring to be honest but Johnny being in it made it watchable. I'm going to hire this movie when it comes out here.