July 19, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Watch

Dean reviews the new Johnny Depp movie in glowing terms. This is about the umpteenth positive review I've seen so far so I suppose there might be something to it after all. What I like about Dean's review is that he gives me a way to preserve my loyalty to the 1971 version without being backed into an either/or corner.

FWIW, the seven and five year old Llama-ettes saw CATCF over the weekend and both liked it. Indeed, this morning I had a rambling conversation with the five year old over the alternative fates of Veruca Salt: squirrels and bad nuts vs. geese and bad golden eggs. Tough choice.

Posted by Robert at July 19, 2005 02:30 PM | TrackBack

It was squirrels & nuts in the original book. ;-)

Just throw out all expectations and treat this as a new movie. You'll probably like it. :-)

Posted by: Dean Esmay at July 19, 2005 02:43 PM

Yes, we actually finished the book not too long ago. The gels were eager to point out how the movie made up the story line about Wonka's dentist father.

Posted by: Robert the LB at July 19, 2005 02:48 PM

Any movie with Depp and Burton is a sure winner in my book. Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood Jr. were both exceptional movies.

I am still trolling for a babysitter so I can go see it. The Ooompah Loompas are unfortunately a bit too much for the kids...

Posted by: LB buddy at July 19, 2005 03:23 PM

Ugh. I always hated the original, those Oompah Loompahs gave me serious willies. Still don't like it. That will make it easy to give this one a chance.

Posted by: Brian B at July 19, 2005 03:39 PM

I'm assuming the O-L's this time around aren't the tubby orange guys of yore.

It's always interesting to me what kids will pick up from a film and lock away in the ol' phobia chest. I dated a girl in college who, even then, was positively terrified of the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz. Go figure.

Posted by: Robert the LB at July 19, 2005 03:45 PM

Haven't seen it yet. Been down for the count with Harry Potter...

Posted by: babs at July 19, 2005 07:03 PM

We've promised to take our 7- and 8-year-olds. Our four-year-old is FURIOUS that we're considering leaving her out, but I'm inclined to think it would be too scary for her. Any views?

Posted by: dave s at July 20, 2005 10:47 AM

The five and a half year old apparently had a tough time with one or two spots, but told me later on that she liked the movie.

Posted by: Robert the LB at July 20, 2005 10:53 AM
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