Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory was a fun and wonderfully well done movie.  The casting was brilliant.  Charlie was charming and his grandfather, played by David Kelly, was just perfect.  Willy Wonka was great as well – funny, endearing, logical in his own quirky way, and just the littlest bit creepy.  The four other children and their parents were good too, each seemed to really grasp what made their characters tick and they certainly made us love to hate them!  The sets and costumes were fantastic, making for amazing visuals.  I particularly loved Wonka’s costumes.  The lush fabrics and slightly old-fashioned style were just right for his personality.  The Oompa Loompas were wonderful, they presented a great visual image and their songs, while not exactly catchy, were extremely appropriate in each situation.  My favorite song from the movie by far, however, was the welcome song.  The sets were beautiful and quirky (the boat, which appeared to be injection-molded plastic, was great), which presented the perfect image for the surreal story.  I really enjoyed this story.

The movie was a reasonable interpretation of the book and stood quite well on its own.  I was more impressed with this movie than with the old version in some ways, but they really are two completely different movies and quite difficult to compare.  This was a fun, energetic movie and I enjoyed it a lot.

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