Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Hmmmmm ... Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

As a child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, was one of my favourite books. I didn't see the movie until about a year ago. As a matter of fact, I was unaware of the existance of said movie until last year.

As is the case with most movies based on great works of children's literature, I was sorely disappointed with this effort. I despised the way that Gene Wilder played the role of Willy Wonka .. ie as someone in desperate need of a slap up the side of the head. I have often wished that someone would make an updated version of this film, taking advantage of the wondrous special effects now available. I had envisioned Kelsey Grammer in the role of Willy Wonka. I believe he could capture the mirth and mischief of Willy Wonka that I had imagined while reading the book.

It seems that Tim Burton has not received my telepathic messages on this subject, and has instead cast the delicious Johnny Depp in the lead role. In the words of Farmer Hoggett, that'll do!

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