Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review

Featured — By on August 1, 2005 at 10:52 am

I knew I was in trouble when 15 minutes into the movie my wife shot me a look that I hadn’t seen since she walked in on me watching Caligula. I had to bribe her into going, as she asserted that the movie was going to be horrible. I am not one for remakes, but I had hope – the original story is great, and it would be interesting to see what Tim Burton could do with it. What he did with it was certainly interesting, but not in a good way.

Burton somehow managed to extract and dispose of all the heart and charm of the original story and replaced them with cold set designs (an exhorbitant amount of which are CG’d, which is very un-Burton like), stereotypes, and a decided lack of drama. It was as if he took a marker to the original book and blacked out all but the bare basics, then took those basics and completely altered them for the worse. The result was that the movie felt rushed, cold, and often times extremely annoying. Johnny Depp’s performance is fine, but the similarities of his character to Michael Jackson caused an uneasiness in my stomach as I watched him interact with the children – exactly what is this guy after? And the music… I’m not going to go into detail, but trust me, you’ll hate it.

Rating: 2/5 – You could probably eat a Wonka bar and crap a better movie than this one – wait for it to appear on TV. In the meantime, pick up the original with Gene Wilder, skip over the “Cheer up Charlie” song and you’re good to go.

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