Friday, December 10, 2004

The Chocolate Factory!

Ok, I'm salivating in front of my monitor right now over the trailer for the new Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie. It's by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee. The trailer has me hooked an anxiously awaiting this movie's arrival. Go watch it, NOW.

Watching it brings back so many memories about the first Willie Wonka movie. I don't know how many times I watched it when I was a kid, but it must number in the hundreds. It was such a surreal movie for a child to watch and because it was, I loved every moment of it. Often times I'd find myself wishing over and over again that real life would be just like it was inside the chocolate factory.

Not only was this one of my favorite movies when I was little, but most of my classmates were just as obsessed with the movie. I'm not sure if every school around was like mine, but it was uncanny how loved this movie was by just about every kid my age (at that time I was probably 10-16). Sometimes I wonder if there was some type of subliminal messaging in the movie that hooked kids in and kept them coming back for repeated views, and after repeated views wanting to go buy the Willie Wonka candy. I loved chomping on everlasting gobstoppers, even though they weren't everlasting.

I watched Willie Wonka a year or two ago completely expecting to hate it because that's what has often happened when I've watched a movie or tv show I thoroughly enjoyed when I was younger, but Willie Wonka held up and I think I appreciate it even a little more now. The whole over-the-top and fantastical approach of the story is mesmerizing. The only other movie that I can think of that held up as well in my post high school viewing as it did when I was a kid is the Transformers movie.

So, yeah, in conclusion I cannot frickin' wait to see the new Willie Wonka movie!

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