Willy Wonka…

“Everything here is edible; even I’m edible. But that, dear children, is cannibalism, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.” Johnny Depp.  This is of course a line from the freaky Willy Wonka, portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2005 adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In 1971, at the age of 8, it was one of the very first movies, along with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes & The Love Bug, that Tracey and I saw, her parents taking us to the Sorrento Cinema whilst we were on holidays. I clearly remember Tracey’s Mum purchasing 5 children’s tickets ( the cost increased at age 12) and Tracey loudly telling her Mum that her brother was 12, not 11! Her Mum was mortified, trying to hush her, but Tracey was not to be silenced. A very red faced Aunty Joan ( as I called her), quickly ushered us all into the cinema, where Tracey finally realised why her Mum was fibbing about her brother’s age. We loved that film, especially when they arrived at the most magnificent chocolate room in the world,  in all its technicolor glory. To this day my family parody lines from the film; “Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop! The great big greedy nincompoop! Or the spoiled and petulant Veruca Salt and her infamous line, “Daddy, I want it , and I want it now!” And not forgetting the wonderful song by the little men with orange faces and green hair; “Oompa, Loompa, Doompa De Do. I have another puzzle for you. Oompa, Loompa, Doompa De De. If you are wise you will listen to me.”
The Oompa Loompa  tag was commonly used by my kids and their friends when referencing the yellow hued, over fake tanned girls at their formal events.
I loved Gene Wilder and I also love Johnny Depp, but I found his portrayal of Willy Wonka to be  bizarre, and almost bordering on psychotic. I’m sure many a kid had nightmares after seeing the 2005 version of the film.
The original is much better, particularly if you fast forward past the mother singing Cheer up Charlie!
It is incredible to think that at age 8 I was seeing my first movies; my kids at that age had seen close to 80. How times change…

Lis 🦉

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