December 12, 2004

Is it Willy Wonka or Michael Jackson?

Many of Tim Burton's movies give the impression to have been made during a drug-induced high.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton's remake of the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (due for a 7/15 release) falls squarely in the same camp, as evidenced by the movie's trailer (.mov), which was just released.

And, is it my imagination or does Johnny Depp look for all the world like Michael Jackson in this trailer?

Posted by mhking at December 12, 2004 03:51 PM

Ah, perhaps that is why the word "creepy" came to mind. And also effeminate, effete, or sexually ambiguous.

Still, if the film looks to be drug induced, and appears to be reasonably close to the source book, I guess we have to wonder what Dahl was smoking too.

Posted by: Jay at December 12, 2004 05:07 PM

I'm still trying to figure out why there's a remake. The orginal was fine as it was.

Posted by: kimberley at December 12, 2004 11:32 PM

He does look creepy. I think it's the hair and a little bit of staring eyes. A couple of years ago I bought the original movie in the super DVD pack with interviews and I can't see this movie replacing it.

Posted by: Keith at December 12, 2004 11:42 PM

I'm reserving judgement. Willy Wonka is supposed to be weird and a bit creepy, and I think Tim Burton might be able to pull it off.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 13, 2004 07:57 AM

Tim Burton is not really known for conventional portrayals.

Edward Scissorhands as Willy Wonka is not considered that much of a streach of the imagination. Consider me as a potential audience member as soon as it hits the theatres.

Posted by: Jacques Vader at December 14, 2004 12:35 AM

Wonka does look a lot like Michael Jackson in this one. I wonder if there may be a hidden statement or comparison in this film. The concept of Wonka is kind of similar to Michael Jackson when you think about it - an insanely wealthy person who immerses himself in a strange child-like world.

Posted by: Matt at December 20, 2004 01:03 PM

It's your imagination.

Posted by: Paige at July 1, 2005 06:58 AM

First time I saw Depp as Wonka, I thought "That's Michael - errie, bizarre, made-up, unnatural..." The hanging-around-little-kids connection I'd rather not get into...

Regardless, loved Michael's music and Depp is a great actor.

Posted by: Doober at July 7, 2005 10:40 AM

erm HELLO??? it doesnt matter what film he's in, creepy or not- i reckon any sane female in the country will have seen this!!!!!!

Posted by: Agnes at November 2, 2005 12:35 PM
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