Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Everyone should be familiar with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if not then you must be lost on Oompa Island, searching for whatit's and humdigs...but that's beside the point. For the 99.9998% of you who have seen the original I won't bother to summarize the story or this remake because it is basically very similar. But I will offer some of my insights, likes and dislikes and maybe throw in a few brash comments here and there.
Aside from the Oompa Loompa's being a rather large disappointment I am glad to say I really enjoyed the rest of the characters in comparison to their original counterparts. Charlie and his grandfather for one were rather annoying in the original because they extremely naive, in this version they are much more sensible. I thought the casting of the other children was great as well, they all looked so much like their counterparts in the original. You will also notice a few large changes as Violet Beauregarde is accompanied by her mother and Mike Teavee by his father, where in the original it was the opposite, I think this way worked out for the better.
There are a few noticeable additions and subtractions to the remake, Slugworth is cut down to a quick mention and never confronts Charlie asking him to bring him back some of Wonka's secrets, as in the original. Veruca Salt doesn't want a duck who lays a golden egg; she wants a chipmunk that cracks nuts, which is a scene I found much more entertaining than the original. Charlie and his grandfather never get into trouble as they did in the original, which I think fit much better into the story, and of course there are no random solos by any of the characters, other than the Oompa Loompa's.