Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: A Club 11 Movie Review

By Mike Wargo

My wife thinks Johnny Depp is dreamy. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I think he looks like Captain EO. In spite of his appearance, Depp puts together another interesting performance, and Tim Burton (also in spite of his appearance) has given us a visual feast. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t have the same subtle insanity of the original. On a scale of 1 to Club11, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets a 7.


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I do want to see this one. I also want to see the new Bad News Bears just because I love Billy Bob Thorton. Looks like Bad Santa does baseball. I'm sure it is not nearly as filthy, though.

This is where I'm pretty sure this Wonka movie will fall for me -- pretty good, not amazing. It seems like just about every woman I know has a thing for Johnny Depp, kind of like how just about every guy I know has a thing for Angelina Jolie. Thing is, a lot of the women I know have the same thing for Angelina Jolie that the guys do. I can't say the same thing for men and the Johnny Depp thing.

There is no denying the magnitude of Depp's dreaminess, but I'll wait until this hits the stage, with Richard Greico as Wonka and Peter DeLuise in the role of Augustus Glump.

I'm not afraid to admit that I liked this film a great deal. It was definitely much better than I had been hearing. Depp was probably a little more mannered than he needed to be, but the performance for the most part fit the film.

And then there's Danny Elfman's wonderful score and the inventive tunes he came up with for Roald Dahl's Oompa Loompa songs. That's a soundtrack that I knew I wanted, but now I need it.

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