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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD]
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But is it a watchable movie on it's own merits??? Absolutely. If you want Wilder, rent it. No one is taking away your nostalgia by putting another slant on it. I feel the movie was very funny, certainly no more sick and twisted than the source it was created from. In fact, the tone of the movie, especially at the beginning, is very Dahlish.
There are diversions, Dahl himself wrote the first screenplay and managed to divert it as well, such as the Wonka father subplot...but I feel like the movie creates a world and joyously romps around in it.
As for Depp...he is fearless. Only he would delve into such an iconic role with such quirkiness. Michael Jackson...I don't see it. I feel like that is cheap. He is funny, a little demented, and there are hints at him being premeditated...but he does a fantastic job..
The other actors are well suited, Highmore is great and David Kelly is especially good in the first half.
It is a very well done film...and worth a view....But not if you're going to hate it right off the bat....why spend your money to hate something.
For those who absolutely ripped this movie because it was not a carbon copy of the 1971 Gene Wilder version --- it isn't a remake, anymore than the assorted versions of "Romeo & Juliet" could be considered remakes of earlier film versions. It is a reinterpretation of what was already a classic work of fiction, and for my money, it is far superior in staying true to Dahl's vision. So you miss the Oompa-Loompa song, plus all of the other ditties from 1971? Too bad --- watch the original if it means that much to you. Burton's version contains none of these songs, but instead takes the novel approach of relying on Dahl's original lyrics (always crucial in any of his books), so conspicuously absent from the 1971 version. For those critical of Burton's inclusion of a storyline not in the original, it pales in comparison to the numerous 1971 deviations.
Certainly Burton's production values absolutely blow the earlier version out of the water, yet they don't seem to get in the way of telling the story. Too many movies get caught up in the special effects to the point that they tend to bog down a movie that they were intended to enhance. Burton is able to avoid this trap.
Johnny Depp, true to form, nails his performance of an eccentric man-child whose weirdness is obvious yet difficult to pinpoint.Read more ›
The original 1971 film had a clear anchor in the pop visual look of the times; Burton's film evokes some 60's pictures in his art direction, photography and in the sweet innocence quality that all movies lack in the present. Without a doubt, the production design, art direction, costumes and sets are worthy of an Oscar; as well as Elfman's score, who added music to the verses written by Ronald Dahl, the author of the book.
Likewise, we should speak of Johnny Depp's performance for his extraordinary creation of Wonka. Compared to Gene Wilder's character in the 71' film, Depp's Wonka is more repressed, more peculiar and far more apt to this version, because it looks real and nostalgia-free.
The casting was terrific, from my point of view, and no one dissapointed in that department. A special mention to the man who played the Oompa Loompas...he was just superb and hilarious, in a freaky way, but terrific!!
In conclusion, I think Burton's version is superior, its ending more wholesome and its sensibility definitely more contemporary. This movie has updated all the elements that became somewhat obsolete in the 1971 film. All these aspects have enriched the story, and this makes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a very sweet treat.
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A vapid and unsatisfying remake of a movie that was in no need of remaking.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Entertaining but it doesn't come up to the original. There is no way to compare Wilder to Depp. The part was made for Wilder!Published 12 days ago by J. White
The original version was one one of my favorite movies as a kid and now my daughter is excited about it because she is doing a version in musical theatre. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ladyhbomb
Good movie, interesting take on it by Tim Burton, not as good as the first version obviously but still enjoyed itPublished 23 days ago by JB
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