Watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp remake.
Pros: Tim Burton always makes beautiful movies. He has a definite style that is otherworldly and lush, no matter what the subject matter. Johnny Depp plays a very funny psychotic candy maker and has some really excellent lines. The parts of the movie where they stayed relatively faithful to the first movie were well done and amusing
Cons: The end. They added moralizing and a truly unnecessary theme to the second half--both tedious and out of character for the movie. As a result, the whole thing fails.
Some distressing Tangent events have come up. Nothing earth shattering, but several things all at the same time which altogether leave me feeling bummed and disheartened. I find myself doing the procrastination dance, which is my usual reaction to events that make me unhappy. But I suppose letting my editorial duties slide for a day or two won't hurt anything. Besides, I'm writing!
Actually, I've let all of my correspondences slide these last couple days. So if you're expecting an email from me and haven't heard back, that's why. I shall be playing catch-up after I finish this story.
I thought the ending was sort of irritating too, but I think I underrtand why they thought they needed to add it. It's easy to interpret Charlie's victory in the original as being an entirely negative one -- that is, he wins because of what he doesn't do, instead of what he does. I think they found it too passive and wanted him to do something for his reward.
I didn't care for it much either, but I liked the whole movie enough that it was an acceptable bump in the road for me. I can see how it could be a dealbreaker, though.
On November 10th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hmmm. Husband was watching the commercial for Charlie last night and he said, "I have no desire to see that."
I'm a big Johnny Depp fan, but he totally scares me as Willy Wonka.
Sorry you are disheartened and all. Go pet Hobkin. Life's gotta be okay if you have a warm skunk.
Re Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I wonder if the movie was more true to the book though? I haven't read the book, so I can't say, but I seem to recall reading/seeing an interview (perhaps with Gene Wilder?) that commented on how the original movie strayed from the book in ways.