Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

HBO’s Saturday night movie was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp. I sat and watched it, and I will never have those two hours of my life back again. The movie was horrible. I didn’t want to see it in the theaters because I figured it would not stand up to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder, and not only did it not come close, but it was just a horrible movie. I actually watched it with someone who amazingly had never seen the original, at least not start to finish, and they even found the updated version to be bad. I tried to explain to them that they could not fathom just how bad this remake was until they saw the original.
So here is to you Mr. Wonka and your Chocolate Bar and your Everlasting Gobstopper. Gene Wilder made the role and it should have ended right there.


Blogger Brooke said...

I frequently have the feeling that I will never get hours spent watching bad movies back. I never bothered with this remake, because I don't think anyonewill ever top Wilder.

The hubby and I are watching Patton right now. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies!

Sun Aug 13, 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

i completely agree. the original is one of my favorite movies of all time. it didn't treat kids or parents as complete morons and the humor- i still chuckle when willie pulls a strand of mike teevee's hair in the opening.

Mon Aug 14, 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Some movies just should not be remade. In fact, MOST movies should not be remade. I have read - I kid you not - that some genius wants to remake "Working Girl" with Jessica Simpson. Not that the original is classic cinema, but do we really need this?

Best rentals of late: "Inside Man" (saw it last night - pretty good, especially for a Spike Lee movie), and an older John Sayles movie, "Men With Guns" (excellent).

Mon Aug 14, 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Brooke, I have Patton on DVD and it is one of the best movies of all time if for no other reason than the opening monologue.
Betmo, I know the original was a kid’s movie, but it is also a movie that those who saw it as kids can still enjoy and pick up on some of the more psychedelic aspects of the movie.
QD, sorry but I won’t see a Spike Lee movie, even though he only directed it and did not write it. I don’t like his other “message” movies and I don’t like him either especially for all those years picking on Reggie Miller. But, I do like Jessica Simpson, just not with the sound on. I would also suggest to you to watch “12 Angry Men,” the original with Fonda not the remake which was horrible.

Mon Aug 14, 05:35:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

damn straight they shouldn't do remakes. My favorite example is "Cape Fear." The remake wasn't bad, but the original really had me on the edge of my seat. I am a huge Johnny Depp fan, his movies always seem to work for me, but I still have yet to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Rented "The Libertine" a few weeks ago and really liked it. Waiting for "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" to make it to the cheap seat theater in town, so I only have to pay $4 for the matinee. But I'm sure I'll dig it.

Wed Aug 16, 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

"12 Angry Men": Just caught it a while back on TCM. It IS a classic, and guess what? Someone's remaking it.

I just realized something: We agreed on something!

I understand your Spike Lee issues. I dislike him because he can't tell a story very well. That's why this one is so different: a coherent story line, witty writing, and a really sharp cast. Worrth the costof a rental, really.

Now let's go back to "Patton." An amazing film, no doubt. Should we remake it? Maybe with, hmmmm... Colin Farrell or Brad Pitt in the title role?

My point exactly.

Wed Aug 16, 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I saw the remake of 12 Angry Men and it was horrible, I think it had the guy from Wings in it. And no, they should never remake Patton, but I have always thought they could make a great WWII movie with some modern actors. There are a lot of great Irish and English actors for it, and I am sure we could muster some Americans too. As for the Germans, well there is always Arny.
Rogue, I really can’t think of one good remake. When they are different genres, yes, but no remakes. Who can’t like the new Scooby Doo movies of the Fat Albert Movie?

Wed Aug 16, 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Who "can't"?

Me. I want to laugh, I put on "Spinal Tap" or "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" or "Young Frankenstein."

Un. Touchable.

Fri Aug 18, 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Monty Python is phenomenal. But I have always had a fondness for British humor. I am probably the only 20-something you know who watches the British comedies on PBS.

Sat Aug 19, 01:25:00 AM  

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