“Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”: A Tasty Morsel of Off-Beat Humor

I finally watched Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So many people had warned me against it that I wasn’t in any real rush to see it. I should also mention that I was not a huge fan of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 70’s cult classic and a favorite flick among my peers. Am I the only one who experienced nightmares as a child from that psychedelic tunnel scene? “There’s no earthly way of knowing…” [shudder!] Ironic tidbit of useless information–that song was the only one in the entire movie taken directly from the book.

I have always loved Roald Dahl, however, and I fondly remember hearing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory read aloud to my class in elementary school. So I snatched the DVD out of the teen room a month or two ago, kept it out long past its due date, and popped it in last night to watch with my boyfriend, who had seen it before and deemed it both “heartwarming” and”annoying.”

Maybe it’s because I’ve been a die-hard Johnny Depp fan since birth; maybe it’s because Tim Burton is such an imaginative artist, or because Danny Elfman’s scores always rock my socks off–whatever it was, I definitely dug this movie! Sure the Oompa-Loompa songs were a little off the wall. But the fact that the characters actually conversed about how weird it was that their musical extravaganzas appeared to be rehearsed somehow made these scenes tolerable and even humorous. The Puppet Burn and Recovery Center? The brace-faced young Willy walking through the Flags of the World museum? “I haven’t seen bicuspids like these since…” Little details like these are what sealed the deal for this Wonka loving librarian!

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4 Comments »

  1. mattgunn said

    I haven’t seen it either, as it just seems creepy to me. Hmm, still wondering if I should give it a try or not.

    -Matt
    http://www.mattgunn.ca

  2. adrienne said

    No, it’s not just you. For me, it was the scene where Charlie and his grandfather almost get sucked into the fan. For some reason, I felt like something like that could really happen when I was a kid, and it freaked me out big time.

  3. stephanie said

    That part with the fan and the belching scared me, too! Maybe we were just wimpy kids, but that scene was like a nightmare to me!

  4. adrienne said

    It’s funny because I was watching a pretty heavy rotation of horror films at the time I saw Willy Wonka, but none of them bothered me the way that scene with the fan did.

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