Monday, July 25, 2005

And in review:

“Candy doesn’t have to have a point, that’s why it’s candy.”

At the request of a certain friend, who shall remain nameless, ahem, ty, I thought I’d share my thoughts on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have to say that I was so excited to see just how different it was from the original. B/c if you know me, you know I LOVE the original. But with the two being so completely different, I don’t have to choose which one I think is better. I can say that the original is much darker and Gene Wilder makes a much creepier Willy Wonka than Johnny Depp. You can’t argue with that even if you just use the scene in the boat as an example- “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going …” Gene is flat out creepy Which is part of why I love it. Another reason I loved the original was because of the music. I loved the songs. (My personal favorite being good ‘ol Veruca and ‘I Want It Now’.) And while the new version is not a musical, Danny Elfman did a fantastic job on the music- from the quirky, “willy wonka, willy wonka, the amazing chocolatier…” to the songs the Oompa Loompas sang. However, the credit of those falls directly to Roald Dahl b/c the lyrics were taken directly from the book. I forgot how entertaining I thought they were when I read the book, and put to music made them even better. I mean, who writes lyrics like “Augustus Gloop, Augustus Gloop, The great big greedy nincompoop!”? J I have to say that I honestly hated the children more in this one than the first, and Charlie was absolutely perfect. (Even as a true fan to the first one, you have to admit ‘ol Charlie was a little bit honely….) I loved that Johnny Depp stayed true to Willy Wonka with his odd banter. That was part of why I think the first one is so great, and I honestly think it’s even funnier in this one. I laughed through the entire movie. Mumbler! It’s just funny. The trained squirrels were fantastic, and I really loved seeing the kids all walk out of the theatre after they’d lost. I even have to say that I found great humor in the doll burn unit. (although I had to turn my head a little when their heads started melting in the beginning.) Overall, the movie is really really great. I wasn’t disappointed in the least, and will probably be seeing it again at the theatre before it leaves. I love that it was so much truer to the book, and I thought cinematically it was incredibly well done. It’s definitely earned it’s spot up there in my favorite movies, right next to the original.

Moving on….

“We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain…”

Friday night I saw The Killers and it was an AWESOME show. I’m a huge fan of their album Hot Fuss, but you never know just how well albums will come across live. They can make pretty much anyone sound good in the studio with enough effects. I was really excited to see not only is his voice as good as it was on the album, it was actually better. The band was incredibly cohesive, and for some reason Brandon Flowers has this stage energy that keeps you completely captivated. I know that sounds ridiculous… but it’s true. I can’t say I’ve seen that often. When I have (numerous times with Nickel Creek in particular), it’s always folkish type sounding groups as opposed to anything more electric or synthesized. Point I’m trying to make is simply that the show was fantastic. It was only an hour, but it was one REALLY GOOD hour. And guaranteed that I’m going to be a fan of The Killers for a long while.

Been listening to some different stuff lately. (Other than the recent constant play of the new Nickel Creek album and The Killers) I picked up an album by a guy named Amos Lee and it’s really great. Incredibly relaxing and it makes me want to sit on a deck, drink wine, and listen to it up as loud as it’ll go. So check it out. I’ve also been listening to a little Cure, in particular the Acoustic Hits album, as well as some Bright Eyes- I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. Hard to top “First Day of My Life”. Anyway, check them all out. And feel free to suggest something else you’ve been listening to. I’m all about the new music.


Anonymous Christin said...

TOTALLY! I loved Charlie and the CHOC factory -- "in fact everything in this room is eat-a-ble, even I am eatable, but that is called canabalism" HA!

8:41 AM  

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