Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (DVD, 2005, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Deluxe Edition) Reviews
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (DVD, 2005, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Deluxe Edition)

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Another Movie That Leaves the Greatest Book Behind

Jul 18, 2005
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Pros:Charlie's family, their house.

Cons:Everything else especially Willy Wonka and that it wasn't like the book.

The Bottom Line: Don't see it, read the book instead.


When I was little, my father read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory alound to me. I was overwelmed with adventure, and good writing but mostly hungry. In school I read it both in 3rd and 4th grade. Both times we watched the 1971 movie, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Both times me and my classmates sat there in wonder. Wondering why isn't this movie like the book?

Automaticly, when I heard of there was going to be a new movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" I was intrested. "I hope it will be good" was all I thought. Reading more and seeing the first trailer lead me into saying, "Oh no, this is going to be bad." When I saw that Johny Depp had a Michael Jackson hair cut, the entire concept of seeing it in the movie theater was gone. Some how I got myself into seeing it in one of those tiny Camera thearers.

Although didn't like the narracters voice, but the begginning was fine. Charlie and his family were pretty good characters. None of them looked strange or fantasical in anyway. The way that the camera showed their little how seemed almost like they were from the Wizard of Oz but soon it looked realistic. It was a really good begginning. Charlie's family was having their usual cabage soup for dinner when Charlie's dad came home. Thats where the fantasy began. When they were showing how Charlie's dad worked at the toothpaste factory, it looked as if it was from a fairytale. I just didn't understand why they had to do that. Then the movie went on and the golden tickets were hidden in the chocolate bars. When the film showed the children from different countries grabbing Wonka Bars, it looked so unrealistic it was almost a bit stupid. When the golden tickets were found and the characters are interveiwed, the book is changed and the old movie comes in. When the interveiw Augustus Gloop and Veruca Salt it is just like the other movie but accuratly follows the book. However, when the interveiw Mike Tevee, they make Mike be playing video games. In the book, he is suppose be watching T.V. because he is a T.V. maniac not a video game maniac. Although that was just a minor change, in Violet Bauragard's interveiw the change is not minor. Violet is interveiwed and not only is she a gum chewer that takes it a bit too far like in the book, she is a very competative girl with a mother just the same. It is quite interesting but since it doesn't follow the book, shouldn't have been in the movie. Also, when there is only one ticket left, although its more suddle than in the old movie, a boy in Russia fakes a ticket. In the book, this does not happen. It is really sad that they kept such an un-neaded part of the old movie into the new one. Then when charlie fines money to buy his Golden Ticket with, it is again American money. He is in England. I don't understand why they had to have him pick up American money. Then, the whole opening puppet seen started the disaster of the movie. The whole part of Willy's child hood was dumb. Willy Wonka's character wasn't right and the movie became a 1 star film. One by one, the children fell into to trouble. Augustus fell into the chocolate river, Violet, turned into a blueberry when she ate some gum in the test room, Veruca went down the garbage shoot while trying to get herself a squirrel and Mike Tevee became a few inches tall when he sent himself into the T.V. When Charlie is the only one left, he goes into the glass elavator and goes up and out just like in the book. Then the whole seen about how family is important takes place. Why can't they end it like the book? Who knows? It became a 0 star movie right then.


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