Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker
2005 July 18 by Josh
Unlike other self-proclaimed Wonka fans, I've been eagerly looking forward to this last weekend and the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While most of this summer's remakes have no appeal to me whatsoever, a fresh look at Roald Dahl's classic children's book is certainly welcome.
Not that Mel Stuart's 1971 interpretation needs improvement. I'm just that much of a Wonka fan. If you don't believe me, the Stanford Center for Internet and Society can back up my claims of ownership of the domain "pureimagination.com." Just don't bother visiting there, you won't find anything. Another story for another day.
The fact is, you really can't (or shouldn't) compare the 1971 classic with Tim Burton's new run. The screenplays, while similar, take entirely different views on Wonka's life, with Burton's staying a bit truer to Dahl's story in the original book.