Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 11/25/2015




FORMAT: HD-DVD


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 56 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 23.3 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3508.9 miles


SYNOPSIS: A reclusive chocolate maker searches for the ideal young child to inherit is empire. 

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:  Ill mannered children always meet a bad end and are eventually weeded out by society.  Living in the present means forever dealing with our past(s)

PROS AND CONS: I grew up watching the original of this film when it was titled “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and starred Gene Wilder.  After having seen both, I prefer to latter.

Not surprising, since this film was aimed more at the younger generations and is both complimented and hurt by the excessive use of special effects and CGI.  

The biggest problem here appears to be Wonka himself as played by Johnny Depp.  He does not come off as likable, only as eccentric and odd.  His inability to embrace the relationship with his estranged dentist father is supposed to be the center core of the story, but it is overshadowed by the elaborate set design and imagery.  



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.