iíve already ordered the soundtrack: the smocktake on charlie and the positive family values factory

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took the wee ones to see charlie and the chocolate factory today. there's something to be said about watching this visual feast from the first row of the theatre. i suppose it's as close as we'll come to seeing it in IMAX vision -- we cannot take the children to see IMAX films because the sound is always too loud (read, frightening for the younger ones).

in my humble smockopinion, this is a more mature version of the roald dahl classic and, if memory serves, much closer to dahl's vision. still, this film is indisputable burton; and although it is more mature with a burtonesque soundtrack (read, more eerie than the willy wonka soundtrack) and a creepier version of verucaís punishment via the trained squirrels ("don't touch that squirrel's nuts!"), i think burton took great pains to keep the movie family friendly. there is mild language, but it's said quickly [a la' the curse word in the wizard of oz that most people miss]. in fact, there is a distinctly pro-family message that is amazingly touching. i blame it on the postpartum hormones, but yes, during one scene i almost cried. as we were leaving the theatre, glynnis said, "poor willy wonka didn't have a family of his own. but, it's good that he found charlie and his family." she got the message and that's well worth the price of admission.

i made the mistake of reading a few reviewers who dogged depp's wonka, but i just didn't see their point. i thought depp did a great job. perhaps they disliked his subtlety. i thought he gave a fine performance. apparently even gene wilder has bemoaned the remake as a marketing ploy for nestle -- which is pretty hypocritical considering the original movie was a huge marketing ploy for quaker oats. i chalk it up to sour grapes.

iíve already been asked which is my favorite. i cannot answer that. and as a self-proclaimed purist, iím truly torn. all i can offer is that one is gothic where the other is psychedelic. and, i do like that we see wonka as a child and learn more about the why's of his eccentricity in burton's version. since this version has as many delicious and quotable lines as the first, it makes it all the more difficult to decide on a preference.

bottom line: we already have willy wonka in our movie collection. assuming a holiday release of the DVD, i imagine that by thanksgiving, charlie will be sitting next willy on the shelf.

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We're going this afternoon...can't wait!
The IMAX sounds good, but some of my family members get vertigo and way too much stimulation. (I'm OK as long as I walk to my seat without looking up... :) )

(I timed this based on the temperature outlook for the week-end, today being the hotter and muggier of the two. (95 and humid is a shock to the system of us northerners - even tho I've gone thru it a few weeks a year for the past half century.)

What a wonderful review. I'm glad you & the kids enjoyed the movie :)
I really felt sorry for Willy Wonka, too. If there was one aspect of the story Burton could get away with altering, I think it was giving Willy a history and he did it very well. I'm generally not a Burton fan (still refuse to watch Nightmare Before Christmas because it just looks creepy) but he's growing on me.

OK, I'm taking the bait. What's the curse word in Wizard of Oz?

Thanks for the review.

the curse word in the Wizard of Oz is "damn" and it's quickly delivered by Elmira Gulch when she's threatening Dorothy's family.

I loved it. I want to say it's better than the first but it's so DIFFERENT that they really are just both awesome. I cried at an end scene also, my husband laughed at me, glad to hear I wasn't the only one. SO many funny parts though, and not as much sing-songyness which was nice. My kids di

oops. got cut off there, typing is difficult on laptops sometimes with the little mouse below your hands. Anyway, my kids didn't want to go see it with us, so they stayed with mom. I'm not used to paying for movies so I guess it's a good thing they didn't come, it cost enough for just Jason & myself!

It isn't out yet in the UK, but I'm definately going to go and see it, with or without my children!

God Bless.

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