Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Wiki Willy Wonka

I am immensely flattered. An editor at Wikipedia wrote me last week and asked if he could use the plot summation from my earlier post "Golden Tickets to Hell" Willy Wonka- Tour Guide of the Abyss" in the Wikipedia Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory entry, along with a link & a credit in the "external links" section. I must say that I am amazed at the scope of the blogosphere sometimes.


RobB said...

I'm wondering if you've seen the new one? I didn't have any plans to see it and Paul Dini's scathing overview confirmed much of what I was suspecting when I'd heard Tim Burton was helming a new version. There are spoilers aplenty, so be forewarned.

BTW-how was Worldcon, for both you and PYR?

Lou Anders said...

Hi Robb,
I haven't seen it yet. I feel like I should, but I just can't seem to bring myself to do so. I'd not seen Dini's review - though I suspect I'll agree with it 100% if I do. Thank you for pointing that out.

Roger Ebert's review has hit on something I was picking up on unconsciously though, when he writes "And young Freddie Highmore, who was so good opposite Depp in Finding Neverland, is hopeful and brave and always convincing as Charlie. The problem is that this time, he finds Neverland. Johnny Depp may deny that he had Michael Jackson in mind when he created the look and feel of Willy Wonka, but moviegoers trust their eyes, and when they see Willy opening the doors of the factory to welcome the five little winners, they will be relieved that the kids brought along adult guardians. Depp's Wonka -- his dandy's clothes, his unnaturally pale face, his makeup and lipstick, his hat, his manner -- reminds me inescapably of Jackson (and, oddly, in a certain use of the teeth, chin and bobbed hairstyle, of Carol Burnett)."

As to WorldCon, it was tremendous, thanks for asking. I'll post a blog entry about it shortly.

RobB said...

Yeah, probably the comparison I've seen most is that Depp is emulating MJ.

Lou Anders said...

It looks like both actor and filmmaker brought their own agendas to the table (Michael Jackson, issues with an overbearing father), none of which belonged in Dahl's original.

RobB said...

The issue of Wonka's father is probably the part of the film which I've seen the most complaints about.

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