07 August 2006

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I didn’t read the book, and have only a vague recollection of the original film, but this offering by Tim Burton is curious to say the least. All of the children, with the exception of Charlie, are despicable and Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka is eerily like Michael Jackson – complete with a pale, expressionless face and Jackie-O sunglasses. The set design is pure eye candy and the Oompa Loompas steal the show with their song and dance routines. There’s also a pretty funny reference to Burton’s disastrous Planet of the Apes. At least someone can laugh about it now…
Despite all the fantastical candy making gadgets though, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves you craving something with a bit more substance.

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