Saturday, July 23, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



I really enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - it was entertaining and funny and visually lovely and, yes, a little heartwarming. There were some laugh-out-loud moments for me, mostly coming from Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka - I have a feeling that some of these quotes will get bandied about this summer (although hopefully not to the overwhelming extent that Napolean Dynamite was and continues to be quoted - I'm sick of hearing about Tina and Tater Tots, but that's another blog for another day). The sets were amazing, and Deep Roy as all the Oompa-Loompas was outstanding; I especially loved the musical number in the squirrel room. I feel that the pace did drag at times, and as much as I loved the little girls playing Veruca Salt and Violet Beauregarde, I did not like Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop. I think that the boys who played these characters were chosen for their look, rather than their acting abilities - but that's Hollywood for you. Johhny Depp and Freddie Highmore should get the credit for how good this movie is.

In addition, one of the best things about this movie was the trailers - Corpse Bride and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are must-sees.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - B+.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amanda,
I totally agree with you about the movie, although, I did like the Mike Teavee and fat kid characters because of how outright obnoxious they were. I think that Burton was trying to send a message about those evils in a more "in your face way." Don't you? I completely agree that this movie was a good one, and I felt that it far surpassed the original with Gene Wilder. If you could pick who was a better Willy though, I would be interested.
It is good to know that I can write to you and keep in touch with you from a long distance.

Sincerely,
Campbell's Soup Boy

amandarama said...

Mike? Is that you?

Anonymous said...

yes it is!!

I'll email you

Chargenda said...

Amanda: Did you give this the same grade as me? copy cat...