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Charlie and the Big @$$ Sunglasses

Yahoo! Movies has the latest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trailer. Looks, err, interesting? I’m not sure how this is one is going to be. It definately has the Tim Burton look, but is that a good fit for the story? And how about those HUGE bug-eye sunglasses everyone is wearing in the TV room? Yikes! Depending on how weird this one is, I may take the kids to it.

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15 Comments on Charlie and the Big @$$ Sunglasses

  1. I really have to question why you would remake this movie. The Gene Wilder version can’t possibly be equalled, can it?

    It’s too bad they didn’t just do Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (although I hear that’s in the works) and not do the first one, but oh well.

  2. I agree that this is a stupid idea. Why remake a beloved film? Even an original story with Willy Wonka would have been a better idea. After all, it is Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory that everyone wants to see. And why in the name of God does Tim Burton keep getting hired? He is a terrible diretor and I mean terrible. Look at his filmography. Mars Attcks, Batman, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, Planet Of The Apes, Big Fish. All of these movies are either critical dissapointments, commercial dissapointments or both. He is overrated as a visual stylist-I hate that fake, wind-up toy look he brings to his films.

  3. As I stated before, I, for one, do not understand the idea of remaking any movie. Why bother? Spend the time and money on something original. Show me something I haven’t seen before.

  4. As I watched the teaser trailer, I started thinking that this is exactly how the Disney execs must have felt when they saw the initial footage coming back from Pirates of the Carribean. Rumor has it that there was a lot of teeth gnashing when they saw their lead male pirate prancing about effeminately and mumbling dialogue in what appeared to be a slightly drunken stupor.

    Of course, in “Pirates”, this gamble paid off. Against all odds, the unorthodox portrayal actually worked. All through his career, Johnny Depp has managed to walk the fine line between “inspired” and “disturbed” when creating characters.

    In this new movie, Depp and Burton seem to be engaged in some sort of competitive ritual in which each is trying to out-weird the other. The problem is that neither of them seem to understand that even as the characters and scenery become more and more bizarre, they need to retain some critical human element to keep the audience engaged. Wilder managed to give us gleeful eccentricism while still managing to project a sympathetic human core. This will be a very tough act for Depp to match, much less improve on.

    The other thing that really seemed odd in the teaser was that it looks like the movie may almost be a shot-for-shot match of the original with Tim Burton focused on just adding a few odd tweaks to each scene. In the white TV room, they still wear goggles, but now instead of slits, the googles have giant fish-eye lenses. Weird…weirder.

    Or how about the shot in Augustus’ home as he is eating a meal with proud parents looking on. Only this time, the camera is closer to Augustus’ face bringing out every little flaw in his pre-adolescent complexion. Weird…weirder.

    Or how about the opening moment in the teaser when the doors open to reveal the inner room of the chocolate factory. It really looked a lot like the scene in the original movie but now you have Depp’s ethereal voice squeaking out “let’s boogie”. Weird…weirder.

    The main thought that kept echoing through my head as I watched the teaser trailer was …

    “Stop…no…don’t”. You’ll have to imagine my deadpan delivery.

    CraigE.

  5. wow, glad you all waited to see the actual movie before you jumped to such critical conclusions.

    Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, don’t judge a movie by it’s trailer.

  6. In our own defense, Yo, we are just a bunch of pre-judging weasels.

    BTW, I read in Entertainment Weeekly that Burton has (elsewhere) admitted that he is “not a fan of the original”. Hmmm, I guess Burton feels he can do it the right way.

  7. Isn’t releasing a movie trailer, in effect, asking us to pre-judge a movie? I think so. The studios want to get us excited about seeing a movie. If we know little or nothing about it, the trailer supposedly helps us ‘inform’ us about it. We then decide (ie. – pre-judge) if we want to see it or not. What I can say about this one is, Hollywood has a poor track record on re-makes. And, I’d rather see something new and different, not a re-make. Even if it is by Burton. Who I like. To some extent.

  8. hey can some one find me some of thoes bis bug eye sunglasses

  9. Listen Everyone This Movie Is Not A Remake, the movie is based on the book ” Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” Not A Remake Of Willy Wonka. This Movie Will Be Great, For Those Who’ve Read The Book

  10. billy tully // July 15, 2005 at 7:06 pm //

    WHERE CAN I BUY THOSE WHITE SUN GLAASE FROM THE MOVIE

  11. billy tully // July 15, 2005 at 7:06 pm //

    WHERE CAN I BUY THOSE WHITE SUN GLAASE FROM THE MOVIE

  12. charlie fudgepacker // July 16, 2005 at 2:45 am //

    Seeing how “happy” Johnny Depp is in that movie trailer, one would think whether there is a double-entendre in the title — If spelt out, it might have been Charlie, the Fudgepacking the Hershey highway in the Chocolate Factory…

  13. Tim Burton is an amazing director! You have forgotten about some of his other movies. Nightmare before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands Both original and amazing movies.

  14. Paula Lawrence // June 7, 2006 at 9:11 pm //

    Hi, Billy Tully that has posted about the sunglasses, are you scottish and live in Edinburgh?

  15. bill tully // July 12, 2006 at 8:02 pm //

    maybe the paula who is asking about me is that lovely kiwi i met mqny moons ago whilst working in scotland. i am the scottish billy tully from edinburgh. be great to hear from you paula if it is you

    williamdtully@yahoo.co.uk

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