POINTLESS and TIRESOME
TIM BURTON'S WONKA REMAKE IS A BAD NUT
It's not like Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
is some untouchable classic film that should never have been remade. When
Tim Burton was first connected with the project, many folks were intrigued
by the darker take on the tale that was to be the expected product. And
with Marilyn Manson as an early rumored choice to play the elusive Mr.
Wonka, it sounded even more crazy. Personally, I wasn't all that keen on
making a new Wonka film, but you had to trust that Johnny Depp could pull
it off. The Burton/Depp combo is almost as foolproof as Scorsese/DeNiro.
From Edward Scissorhands, to Ed Wood, they've made
remarkable movies together, and with the exception of the Planet of the
Apes, Burton has rarely had a mis-step. Ultimately, the remake curse
strikes again, however, as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is
Depp is an inspired choice to play Wonka,
but his creepy plastic appearance, girly hair, and "ewww that's gross"
mannerisms wear thing awful quickly. I have a very hard time believing
that Burton and Depp weren't trying to make fun of Michael Jackson with
this movie. From his disdain for adult figures, to his germophobic ways,
to his misfit man-child personality, this Wonka is as much Michael Jackson
as Charles Foster Kane was William Randolph Hearst.
The 5 lucky children, for the most part,
are at least better actors than their predecessors. The new Augustus Gloop
is more vile and disgusting than the original, and the newly created
tension/competition between Veruca Salt (played by first time actress
Julia Winter) and Violet Beauregard (Annasophia Robb from Because of
Winn-Dixie) is excellent. Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry), the gun loving TV
addict from the book has been upgraded to a videogame junkie that reminds
me of a young Alex Winter. And Freddie Highmore as Charlie is a better
actor than Peter Ostrum by leaps and bounds. Even David Kelly as Grandpa
Joe makes you never look back at Jack Albertson's nice take on the same
character in the 1971 original.
There was no artistic reason to make this
movie. This movie is no closer to the book than the first one was. In
fact, Burton tacks on an ending and a Wonka origin story that were far
from the source material as well.
There's a few fun things worth watching out for if you do plan to see it. When Charlie's dad is shown working in the toothpaste factory, you'll see the brand name of the paste is Smilex, which is the deadly chemical the Joker used in his Batman film. Also you can't help but laugh when Wonka appears holding a giant pair of scissors in his hand.
OK...you like making movies about Chocolate, we get it!
Burton can certainly take existing subject
matter like Mars Attacks! and Pee Wee's Big Adventure and
make wonderful movies, but his creative genius is far too wonderful to
waste on remaking classic films.
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