Two directors have tackled Willy Wonka, with markedly different results. This latest Remake Rematch will crown a winner, though!
Video posted by JoeyF on March 1, 2012
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 film-adaptation from Tim Burton of the children's book by Roald Dahl, with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
Yeah, this should be good!
It's not even close.
To be far if it weren't the original being a cult classic (it did flop when it first came out). The remake probably wouldn't have been as successful as it was.
I do enjoy the original for nostalgic reasons, but these days I can find a good number of flaws. While I enjoyed the remake for adding in scenes that Wonka took out (and also keeping the original title).
Worst hair? The old one. Also, I actually think that the original movie wasn't as whimsical and crazy as the book, and though there's some weird lame stuff about the Johnny Depp one, it was really, really freaking weird, which is perfect for Roald Dahl. And those songs are TRIPPY.
I do like that song "Pure Imagination" from the original an awful lot, but there was a lot of stupid boring crap in that movie too that I always hated. I just don't think it's a very good movie. The recent one is more interesting, honestly.
P.S. I do prefer Gene Wilder, though. Even with his HORRIBLE hair.
Stop. Don't. Come back.
Don't agree. Music in the new one is cooler!
Uh god...the Oompa Loompas from the remake are just plain creepy!!
Yeah this was kind of a one-sided battle. One of the best family films ever made against a film which for all its efforts to be quirky and weird, comes off as rather dull.
I haven't watched the Tim Burton version yet, so I can't make a full judgement, but it didn't seem all that great from what little of it I have seen. But I do love the 1971 version, Gene Wilder's performance is easily the best part.
I think the 70's version is far superior to the Tim Burton one, but I did really like that scene when they first arrive at the factory and they're greeted by "It's a Small World"-esque song complete with creepy animatronic children robots that catch on fire.
I miss 90's Tim Burton.
One thing that really bothered me with new one was the whole subplot with Willy Wonka's father as a dentist. I don't remember that from the book -- although it's been fourteen years since I read it. The movie should end once Charlie accepts the factory from Wonka. Instead it goes on for another 20 min with Charlie trying to help Wonka with his daddy issues.
"I said good day!"
Made me laugh.
Not that I have any reverence for either film, I do kinda get what Johnny Depp was going for. It felt like he was trying to channel a Michael Jackson sort of persona. Well.. without the child molestation. But in this repressed childhood breaking free in adulthood without restraint.
I'm not sure if I'll be on the minority for this, but I dislike both movies.
Fantastic as always good sir.
Great stuff Rorie!
As much as I like Tim Burton's work, I think that Crispin Glover (from the Willard remake & other noted roles) might have done better with the role as Wonka in the remake.
"He seems more bemused than confused". What.
Overall, while I love the video, it's a forlorn conclusion. I'd liken these particular two movies to the Star Wars prequels vs the sequels; One could make the specious argument that both trilogies ostensibly target the same age group and us older types are bound to appreciate movies from our youth more than movies we were practically adults when we first saw, yet the older is still far superior by every practical metric. Show both of these movies to a kid who's never seen either, I bet they'd gravitate towards the 1971 version.
C'mon, Rorie, this was a no-brainer for the start. The key difference between these is the original is packed with charm while the Burton film feels cold and uninspired.
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