Monday, 30 April 2012

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Review

I've often blogged about the love of sport in this house, and how, with two boys who play rugby and football and a dancing gymnast, our weekends are full on to say the least.  We always like to re-group in the afternoons and will quite often settle down on the sofas with a bucket full of popcorn and stick on a DVD.  We belong to the local Londis film club, where for just £1 we can hire all the latest movies.  We also Sky+ a lot of films and as a fully fledged member of the Tots 100 Film Club we get to review new and classic films every month!  

This month I choose a modern take on a classic.  As a child, I was captivated by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which of course, is the film version starring Gene Wilder.  We had recently watched this and so, I decided to see what the 2005 adaption directed by Tim Burton would be like in comparison.  Nothing to do with Johnny Depp of course.  *Ahem*.

Now, this version starts of in the same way, we are introduced to the "Brats" which of course causes much pantomine hysteria in our house - "oh she is SO bossy" "I would NEVER do that" etc etc  

Tim Burton of course adds a dark and twisted element to the film - as we are waited to be introduced to Willy Wonka himself, we see a jovial merry go round that then catches fire and melts.  Scary. Twisted.  Twisted but Oh so good.  

The plot of course is the same but it has more edge.  It's darker version of the original but different enough to still be good as a stand alone film.  There are some AWESOME lines in the script, I particularly like Violet saying "Daddy, I want another pony".  However, the Oompa Loompas disappoint.  I much prefer them in the original film, and my kids will often sing to me when I call them the "brats"....

"Who do you blame when the kid is a brat?  Pampered and Spoilt like a Siamese cat
Blaming the kids is a lie and a shame, you know exactly who's to blame"

The MOTHER and the FATHER............................."

This is a great film, we all enjoyed it and I would highly recommend.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo


  1. I totally agree about the ommpa loompas. Walliams did a really interesting doc on dahl a couple of weeks back, check on iplayer (other systems are available!)

  2. Thanks for commenting Frannie - I'll go check it out!!!


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