The Two Wonkas

Roald Dahl’s children’s books have been adapted into many films, from The Fantastic Mr. Fox to Matilda. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, to me, was the absolute best adaptation of a Dahl book, the touching effects of the rise from meaningless in the eyes of the important to becoming the most important person in his own eyes. Then, Tim Burton had to shove his ass into it….

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:

Gene Wilder is fantastic in this fabulous adaptation about a young boy who is poor who finds one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets, and has the chance to live in his chocolate factory. The film is a classic and should be seen if you haven’t seen it.

Best Aspects: Acting, Writing, Directing, and Ending.

Bottom Line: A. Great, fun family film.

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Charlie & the Chocolate Factory:

Johnny Depp helmed the role of Willy Wonka in this Tim Burton remake. Since Sleepy Hollow, Tim Burton hasn’t made many good movies (Sweeney Todd and Big Fish were about it), and this film certainly isn’t an exception. The film is like an acid trip mixed with the first one, and it changes the story in a way that Burton always seems to do.

Best Aspects: Interesting twist on the classic tale. Plot was okay and the characters were well crafted.

Bottom Line: C+. Okay movie, but it just wasn’t that good.

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