Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

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“Willy Scissorhands”

Warner Brothers Pictures presents a film directed by Tim Burton. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Running time: 115 minutes. Rated PG (for quirky situations, action and mild language).

 

The Remake. It seems every year I see a film that is a remake of an old classic. What I don’t understand is, “why make a remake of something that is already a classic?” With all the horrible films that could be made into something great it seems like Hollywood only remakes classics because of the automatic box office revenue that will surely come due to an already guaranteed fan base. But I know that Hollywood doesn’t just do things for money.

 

Granted, Willy Wonka meets Tim Burton, seems like a match made in heaven. I still couldn’t help but compare everything on screen to something I’ve seen many times over and loved. The problem is that Gene Wilder gave one of the greatest performances in the history of film. And all Johnny Depp gave was a creepy Michael Jackson impersonation, though he’ll claim up and down that it was unintentional. He was funny and the set design looked like a Tim Burton movie, but it just wasn’t enough to warrant the remake in the first place.

 

A couple bright sides here. First is Freddie Highmore. He is the only actor in this film who gave a better performance than the original character. Even having said that, the original Charlie did a fine job and more fit the role of do-gooding innocent. Highmore relied more on looking depressed. Wherein you can find the difference between each film. Despite all the poverty and cabbage soup Charlie (in the original) was hopeful, the film was hopeful. In the remake Highmore is sad and put through hard times and feels them and despite all of his dreams coming true all still feels bleak by the end of Burton’s film.

 

The other bright side is that it is a funny movie. All the better if you haven’t seen the original, and I know at least one person who hasn’t.

 

Ps

The music by Danny Elfman is as always good, but more so are the Oompa Loompa songs. They reminded me of the 80’s man Elfman was in the rock band Oingo Boigo, which in itself bears an odd resemblance to Oompa Loompa, Oingo Boingo.

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~ by fumikaelson on September 13, 2005.

2 Responses to “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”

  1. You don’t read much, do you? Not a remake of Willy, but based on the book. But….I agree, who could beat Gene. Another good thing–if you are high and watch it.

  2. i’m sorry. remake in the sense that someone already adapted the book…and did it very well. big fan of mr. dalh over here. BFG personal favorite.

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