Saturday, July 16, 2005

Willy Wonka is Willy Wonderful!!

I had my doubts about going and seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I am a HUGE fan of the old one and the book. I'm not a HUGE fan of Johnny Depp and personally he FREAKED me out in the Willy Wonka previews, however, seeing how I was with the kids this weekend and it just came out and my Aunt was really excited to see it I gave in. I went in saying to myself, "Just give it a chance Melissa. Have an open mind." Well, I did and I walked away saying to myself, "When Can I see it again?" The changes to the movie were great. They pretty much stayed to the book minus one story line about Wonka's childhood. It was not a musical, but the Oompa Loompas do sing after each kid's mishap. The Oompa Loompas were played by one actor. I thought for sure that I wouldn't like that, but it works. Also, the Oompa Loompas songs are hysterical. So, even if you are a huge fan of the old one go and see it. You'll like it. As far as taking young kids, you can. There is nothing bad in it. There is one slightly inappropiate line made by Wonka in the squirrel scene, but it went over my kid's heads. Other than that I thought it was great. Like the previews, Wonka did freak me out a little bit throughout the movie, but he was really funny too. I would definetely give the movie two candy bars up.

Have a great night.


Anonymous said...

I'll go see it with you. I can't wait for you to get home, so we can go to Ravinia and a movie.
Love you,

Jordy Wonka said...

Kelly and I went and saw the movie to avoid the heat and we were both a little disappointed. We didn't find the Oompa Loompa songs to be as funny as you did and we still thought Wonka was a bit weird. Kelly actually liked the original edible entrance room better, too. I was just happy that this time around no one had to carry me crying out of the room during the boat ride scene :) Overall, I thought it was about a 2.5 on my 5 star scale.

nadda wonka fan said...

My fastidious brother saw the movie and said he didn't like it - it's a renter. Said he hated the oompa loompas and their songs and loved the original much more. But, that's him, you're you. Wow, that's a deep statement.

2 candy bars up? Are you sure you are at a fitness camp? I would have said 2 celery stalks up or 2 carrots up. :)

Can't wait to see you soon. I'm having Melissa and kid withdrawals. :)

Mommymeepa said...

Just for the record. . . I did not base my review on the original movie. I love the original and it will always be better. They really went by the book on this one and really stuck to it. Maybe it was better for me because I watched it with Tricia and Parker. Who knows!! :-) I still loved it.

nadda wonka fan said...

That's okay - everyone's entitled to their own opinion, even if it's wrong. :)