…Please remember that this is my website, and so I offer MY opinion.
I really like Tim Burton, but come on, he kinda messed up with his re-imagining of Planet Of The Apes.
Um, well, sorry, but he kinda messed up with his adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. I’m enough of a pseudo-movie geek to know that Burton’s film is NOT a remake of the beloved 1971 musical starring the great Gene Wilder, but a more faithful retelling of the actual book.
Well, here’s the thing.
IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, the book was only so-so, and the 1971 film greatly improved on it.
With my God Awful memory, I don’t rightly know how faithful Burton’s new film is to the book, but I know I wasn’t very satisfied with the results.
I thought if anybody could have a field day with the character of Willy Wonka, it’s longtime Burton collaborator, and all around awesome actor, Johnny Depp. But…why did he choose to play him so…odd. I mean, odd is good, but this guy was too odd. And that hair, and that rictus grin. I don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong, even …unlikable, Depp is still good. But I would have liked to see another really likable, memorable performance from this talented actor. And Freddie Highmore, who was so incredible in Finding Neverland, was sorely under used here. That’s a shame, because he is a very talented young man.
Burton’s visuals are always enthralling, so this movie looks pretty cool, and of course it sounds great thanks to another awesome outing from Danny Elfman, but overall, this version left me feeling…uninterested. The potential was sky high on this one, but unfortunately even the Great Glass Elevator couldn’t make it rise above mediocrity.