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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, the local TV network ran a new version of one of my old favorites - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I had avoided watching this 2005 remake - renamed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp because well, Tim Burton's stuff is usually a little odd and I didn't want to taint my pleasant childhood memories. Instead, I fondly remember the 1971 musical version with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

But there it was and my curiosity was piqued. It turns out it was delightful. Complete with the same characters - Grandpa Joe, Charlie, all the assorted, nasty and misbehaved "gold ticket winners" and of course, the Oompa-Loompas, I was transported to the "most magnificent chocolate factory in the world".

One of my favorite scenes in the new movie was when the visitors entered the first room in the factory - complete with a chocolate river and waterfall (that makes the chocolate light and fluffy, of course). Everything in the room is edible - from the grass to the trees to the stepping stones. The colors of this room could be described as technicolor - bright, vivid and imagination-inducing.

This is a great Valentine's movie for kids and kids at heart...enjoy!!


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