Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: David Greig (book), Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics)
Based on: Roald Dahl‘s novel
Cast: Joe Butler-Smith, Noah Crump, Johnny Evans-Hutchison, Zachary Loonie, Jonathan Slinger, Barry James
Seen on: 23.10.2015

Charlie (either Joe Butler-Smith, Noah Crump, Johnny Evans-Hutchison or Zachary Loonie) lives with his parents and two sets of grandparents in a small house in the shadow of the huge Wonka chocolate factory. The factory has been closed to people for years, although chocolate is being produced, and nobody has seen the eccentric owner Willy Wonka (Jonathan Slinger) in just as long. But then exciting news is announced: Wonka will hide five golden tickets in his chocolate bars and whoever gets them can visit the factory on a guided tour. Charlie hopes that the one chocolate bar he gets for his birthday every year will be the lucky one. But as ticket after ticket is found, his chances dwindle.

I love Roald Dahl and since we saw the charming Matilda production in London last year, I was happy to give Charlie a try as well. Unfortunately the show doesn’t quite reach the heights it could have, although it is fun, entertaining and – no pun intended – sweet.

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Crowds in London

At the end of October, teashoe, puzzledpeaces, C. and me went to London for a (very) long weekend, where we met aber_karramba, D.+K., skittlesandolives, s_whiteant, inkbot kowalski and elbi. The original idea was to visit the ComicCon again (as we did two years ago), but it wasn’t as much of a part of the entire program this time than it was the last time. Instead we just enjoyed the city.

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Johnny Depp News

So, Johnny Depp will play The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton‘s upcoming Alice in Wonderland – that I knew already. [And I’m really, really excited about it. Take one of my favourite actors, one of my favourite directors and one of my favourite books and the result can only be greatness (see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).]

Anyway, this article in the Guardian tells us that apparently, there will be a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean (link’s to the first) with Johnny as Jack Sparrow (no word on whether or not the other major characters will be back as well).

And Johnny will be Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger movie.

I don’t know what I should say about that. I don’t really know the Lone Ranger, so I can’t say whether to be excited or not.

And a fourth Pirates? I hope they know what they’re doing, I don’t want to see the whole thing destroyed (some might argue that that happend already. I liked parts two and three).


Following baph’s recommendation I watched The Nines. That’s one weird movie.

It is very well done, there are a lot of details that I really, really liked and after the plot twist is revealed everything fits. The acting is very good, as well. You notice that it’s thoroughly thought through and I don’t think that there’s anything that doesn’t go with the explanation. [Congratulations to John August! But what else to expect from the writer of Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. On the other hand, it’s nothing you’d expect from the writer of Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which are fun, but not necessarily the best movies in the world.]

But I didn’t like the ending very much. I don’t like it, when people resort to really weird supernatural explanations, although I have to admit that I couldn’t think of anything less strange to finish the story with. Also, I don’t like it when the ending is explained and you get shots of the clues hidden in the movie to go with the explanation. I prefer to think of them on my own.

It’s worth a watch and then you can go to the imdb forum and discuss if you think that you are a nine.