So today I managed to talk Denis into seeing “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory“ instead of “Wedding Crashers”. “Crashers” is more of a wait-for-dvd movie whereas “Chocolate” should be seen on a big screen. He originally wanted to see it in IMAX, but we opted to go the cheaper route and see it on a regular movie screen.
It’s rare for Johnny Depp to be in a crappy movie. “Ninth Gate” was crappy. I told Denis on the way home that he must have only signed on to that script for something like a director or co-star. Turns out Roman Polanski was the director. No wonder he did a movie with such a lousy script. “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” was not that good – but that’s Robert Rodrigues directing, so I don’t blame him there.
So, I was expecting greatness from “Chocolate”, especially since it was directed by Tim Burton, who also rarely fails with his movies.
And greatness I got. Wow did I love this movie. I bet you thought I was gonna say I hated it, right? Nope. I loved the whole thing. The Oompa Loompas were fabulous (their songs cracked me up), Johnny Depp was brilliant, and the art direction was downright magical. This is a must-see movie. That’s all I need to say.
The only thing that sucks? The fact that undoubtedly the name “Violet” will become popular again, thus taking it off our short list of names should we be blessed with a daughter next time we have a child (had CootieBoy been a girl he would have been “Violet”). SO disappointing.
4 1/2 glass elevators out of five.