Washington DC – Day 88: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Today is a fun day. After I got off from work, I came back home to meet with Salman, and we decided to spend the night watching Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at AMC Hoffman 22. We have been planning to watch this movie for a long time. It’s among the top 3 movies to watch on both our lists.

The movie is very entertaining. The graphics are as spectacular as expected. It’s a far cry from the 1970’s Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Almost every aspect has been modernized, including Oompa-Loompa’s various songs. It’s pretty amazing to think that it has only been 35 years since the original was made. The story’s core remains the same, though some slight twists are added in Charlie, and the ending is a major surprise. I won’t spoil it for you, but the ending is very different from the original, and there are also some deleted scenes in the theater release since I saw them on Yahoo’s video clip before.

Like most movies I watched, I haven’t read the book (of the same title, authored by Roald Dahl) yet, but Salman told me it was dark and creepy. This movie is darker than the previous installment, but I don’t think it is as dark as what Salman said about the book. Oh, and one more thing, even though Johnny Depp denies this, his character reminded us too much of Michael Jackson. I mean, there’s the skin, then the voice, then the gloves, and not mentioning the hair! Still, I think it’s a very entertaining movie and should deserve a 3.5 rating out of 5.

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