January 31, 2023

I saw the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the other night. While visually it was sort of cool to revisit Wonka’s factory. I hated the remake as a whole. Johnny Depp who I have never disliked in a role, was terrible as Wonka, they should have called him Wanka because that’s what he must have been doing for the past 15 years while he was locked up with his beloved oompa loompa. While the concept of one guy playing all the oompa loompas sounds like a good idea, it wasn’t, it was an annoying device. The song and dance numbers were far from memorable and oftentimes inaudible. The children were over the top, an attempt to outdo the original over the top performances of 1971. It didn’t work. Not much did. You may have to see how bad it is to believe it…or maybe you believe those reviewers who are praising this trash… If you want my advice, go rent “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and enjoy the oompa loompa songs you know, the spoiled brats you can’t help sort of like, and the strangely lovable Willy Wonka played by Gene Wilder…. Now, if you are like me…Veruca Salt was your favorite character in the old film…ever wonder what happened to her? Amazingly, she is the only one of the children to stay in acting…butsadly, she never did pursue a career in porn…Link below is her bio…
Julie Dawn Cole bio

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