|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
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
|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.
|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.