Sunday, July 17, 2005
I just saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was skeptical about seeing this version because some of the coming attractions made the film look stupid. I am still a big fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder, but this new version, while keeping some of the same themes, is a gem in its own right. Johnny Depp is a little quirkyy, but then again, so was Wilder. I thought it would have been interesting if the part of Veruca Salt was played by a half Asian girl, considering at the beginning, some boxes of chocolates were sent to Japan. And what if Mike TeeVee was black? Or would that be a stereotype because all Mike did was play violent video games and watch t.v.
There could be a sequel to this fun movie, maybe a rival candy company, Slugworth's, could cause trouble for Charlie. The movie could also provide updates of the other children, because it was nice to see that they were alright, sort of. Whereas in the Wilder version, the audience doesn't know what happened.