9/22/2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If you have not yet seen the film, there may be some spoilers in here for you! If you haven’t I suggest you gouge out your eyes… please don’t gouge out your eyes… just look away.

Hmm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… another turn out from Tim Burton who is considered a god among men nowadays, let me say that his newest film left me less than satisfied.

Having considered myself a fan of Burton for years since Beetlejuice and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure I was hoping for another good film. I myself liking Big Fish; his last film, although like you may have guessed, I did not think his newest accomplishment lived up to its hype.

Directed by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp (Willy Wonka), Freddie Highmore (Charlie Bucket), David Kelly (Grandpa Joe), Helena Bonham Carter (Mrs. Bucket), Missi Pyle (Mrs. Beauregarder) and Christopher Lee (Dr Wonka) to name only a few.

I myself have never read the book by Roald Dahl, but suffice to say that didn’t mean that I didn’t know the story. For those of you that don’t know it, Willy Wonka (Depp) decides that he will distribute 5 golden tickets around the world, so that five children may visit his chocolate factory. One by one the tickets are found by four different children. The story follows Charlie Bucket (Highmore) a poor child that lives in a crooked house and how he surprising gets the last golden ticket. The rest of the film should be about the tour around the factory, ultimately ending with Charlie becoming the heir to the factory. But not in Burton’s version, he decided he would include a new angle by bringing Wonka’s father into the picture; Dr. Wonka (Lee)

Strangely similar to the Fantastic Four; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seemed like some sort of MTV kids movie than anything else. With some loud, unintelligible  Oompa-Loompa songs (which I could hardly ever hear the lyrics to), and bright Burtonesque colours, its probably a great film for the youths of today. Unfortunately I thought that he was taking it a little too far. Or perhaps I just don’t think like a child anymore. Though I suppose fortunately Depp invented some weird quirky role that was funny at times, but I’ve gotta say he looked way too much like a girl with that hair… other than that no one really struck a chord…

But then I should probably comment on them… What can I say, I’m not a fan of child actors, I believe I’ve mentioned this before somewhere, but I cannot stand them, none of the children’s roles really astounded me. I can however comment on Christopher Lee and Missi Pyle. I namely bring those two up, because Christopher Lee is legendary; getting on a bit, but he is still a great actor, although his part was seriously not needed. I must also comment on Missi Pyle, unfortunately not constructively, but she freaks me out, ever since I saw her in Big Fish I thought that she belonged in a David Lynch film, simply for how odd she looks.

There was two great guest appearances by Mark Heap and Kevin Eldon; both from the twisted comedy series JAM, their appearances both unexpected and extremely weird as the two men walking dogs outside the factory, look out for them.

Onto the screenplay; written by John August; who also wrote the screenplay for Big Fish, very much similar it was a funny film. The lines weren’t horrible. But they were not fantastic either, that’s all I have to say.

So what were the good parts of the film? First off the introduction to the factory was hilarious. The Doll’s singing and dancing while their eyes were melting and burning out of their very sockets was excellent, pure dark humoured Burton I suppose. Much like this part, the other enjoyable sections of the film were amusing bits, such as the strange conversation about cannibals, and the hilarious flag museum scene.

So those were the good bits… what was bad? Mainly I felt the added storyline of parents was definitely not necessary, as well as near to the end of the film where we saw the children walking out of the factory all disfigured etc.
As with the end of the film, I must say I liked the 1970s version more. The cruel and mean visage that Wilder put on was great, and I was hoping for the same feature in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but was sadly disappointed.

Overall I’m not sure what to say about that... it had its funny moments... but kinda irritating, a film, it could definitely have been better. I preferred the original 70s film.

Cptalbertwesker Rating – 5/10
I felt that the film was too over hyped, Burton has become too overrated nowadays.

3 Comments:

At 8:08 pm, Blogger Jojoba said...

I also liked the 1970's ending better then the newer one. The character Charlie just seemed a little too good.
About the movie going overboard, I think Burton did this because of the advances in movie special effects, since the 1970's version had to be modified, he went all out

 
At 8:52 pm, Blogger Cptalbertwesker said...

Hmm I suppose so. People would probably have complained it it werent as special effectsy as most films nowadays.

 
At 7:32 am, Anonymous Catherine said...

I totally agree with your film on every bit I think :) so great review there moomiepie

 

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