CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Log Out | Topics | Search
Moderators | Register | Edit Profile

Topics | Last Day | Last Week | Tree View | Search | User List | Help/Instructions | Program Credits Administration
Night Shade Message Boards » Castro, Adam-Troy » CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY « Previous Next »

Author Message
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Adam-Troy
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 07:05 pm:   

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

A stunning misfire. CGI run amuck, a ridiculous backstory, a creepy framing
story with a reconciliation between father and son, orchestrations that swallow
Roald Dahl's song lyrics whole, and a lead performance by Johnny Depp that seems
to channel the worst excesses of Jim Carrey and Michael Jackson simultaneously.
The first half hour, before Charlie enters the chocolate factory, is by far
the best, then Willy Wonka shows up and the movie starts an inexorable downhill
slide.

Two high points: the guilless performance of the lad who plays Charlie, and
the sheer presence of Christopher Lee, continuing his astounding late-life career
peak.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

MarcL
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 12:17 am:   

I agree, Adam-Troy. And Lee's best late-life performance, imo, is as Flay in the BBC production of Gormenghast. That's where he really started into renewed motion.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Minz
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 06:55 am:   

Amen, Marc. That BBC Gormenghast was terrific all around; surprizingly captured the essence of the Peake's wonderfully offkilter trilogy. Granted, there were quibbles, and not all the performances were good, but to me, the finest fantasy ever made for TV.

Add Your Message Here
Post:
Username: Posting Information:
This is a private posting area. Only registered users and moderators may post messages here.
Password:
Options: Enable HTML code in message
Automatically activate URLs in message
Action:

Topics | Last Day | Last Week | Tree View | Search | User List | Help/Instructions | Program Credits Administration