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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: What a strange movie. I can’t decide how to feel about it. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention for the last few decades: Willy Wonka is the reclusive owner of a famous candy company who invites five children from around the world to tour his factory. With the exception of sweet Charlie Bucket, the children are little monsters who ultimately get what’s coming to them (this is a Roald Dahl story, after all). Each time a child leaves the group, the Oompa Loompas do a little song and dance. These performances were clever and quite entertaining but I had trouble understanding a lot of the lyrics.

Wonka is portrayed as an insecure, socially inept child in a man’s body (as opposed to a grown man reliving his childhood). The awkward moments are abundant as Wonka interacts with the first people since closing his factory years before, which causes him to have flashbacks to his unhappy childhood. Frankly, I got a little tired of feeling embarrassed for him all the time. Pity isn’t funny to me.

The children were all wonderful with one bizarre exception: Augustus Gloop often looked computer-generated, most notably in his interview with the reporters. Perhaps he was just wearing too much makeup. The sets and costumes were amazing, but that’s to be expected. Overall, it was a pretty good movie, I guess. Just not one I really want to watch again.

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