qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Deep Roy and the Chocolate Factory

The Gene Wilder film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one that a lot of people seem to like, but I really don't. To me, it's an excruciating example of why the book is so much better. As a child I don't remember anything particularly sinister about the book - it was really just an entertaining and mainly moral tale of repulsive children and their repulsive parents.

I was, therefore, sceptical at Tim Burton's new offering, rapidly gathering critical acclaim. Now that I've seen the film, however, I have to agree that it is very good indeed. So far as I can remember, it is for the most part very faithful to the book (with the exception of the sub-plot around Wonka's father, and some detail on the ending). David Kelly's absent-minded yet scholarly-looking Grandpa Joe reminded me of Alfred Brendel. Depp was perhaps younger than I would imagine for Wonka, but had just the right amount of energy, amorality, and lack of interpersonal skills. The real star, though, must be Deep Roy, in a D'Ascoynesque portrayal of the Ooma-Loompas. The musical numbers use Dahl's original lyrics and are an inspired mix of psychedelia, Bollywood and glam.
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