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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
11 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Without realizing it at first, I guess the last three movies I've seen could all be considered family films. Does that make me a family man? Are chicks still into those? Would a family man call girls 'chicks?' Anyways...

[b]Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, Burton)[/b]

Let's get this out of the way - I never read the book. And yes, I prefer the original film version to this one. And I much preferred Gene Wilder's Wonka to Johnny Depp's, regardless of which was closer to the original character (I've read that both had some significant differences). Depp's performance is a bunch of mannerisms and quirkiness in search of a reason. The only times it amused me were when he was being silent, reacting to events around him. There's nothing behind the oddness, and no amount of flashbacks could convice me otherwise. It's oddly soulless and leads me to be completely uncaring as to the outcome of the story.

Depp's performance and the film as a whole are complementary in this way. The film itself, as most Burton pictures, is a delight to look at, and because of Danny Elfman's work, fun to listen to as well. But all the pretty colors and polished sheen in the world can't liven up this mess. It's like a hollow M+M. Ooh, see how clever that is, what with the comparing it to candy? I know, Pulitzer here I come.