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Willy the Wonk

Deep Roy as the Oompa Loompas

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, directed by Tim Burton. Okay, I'm sorry, but bad movie. Really bad. I suppose it would be quite difficult to live up to the previous genius performance by Gene Wilder, but hey, you could at least try! Johnny Depp simply doesn't have it in him. This wasn't a role for him. He's too tame, too quiet. His antics involved quaint, creepy smiles and ever-so-slight movements. For the most part, he was stiff as a board, and I was bored. His girly voice was all too annoying as well. Ever since I saw Johnny Depp in the 2000 film, The Man Who Cried, I have been crying every time I see his face on the screen. Well, actually, he did a great job in Pirates of the Carribbean, to his credit.

Perhaps the movie's only good point was some of it's color choices and visuals, thanks to Tim Burton's eccentricity, no doubt. Some of the scenes employed good composition and camera angles. The Oompa Loompas were relatively interesting from an effects standpoint. All several hundred of the small identical characters were played by one actor, Deep Roy. He was filmed doing endless the actions from endless angles. Some of the Oompas were robotic - like the ones operating the TV transporter and the boat oarsmen - but the vast majority of them were Deep Roy. For me, however, the attractive visuals were not nearly enough to overcome the horrific performance, weakened plot, and uninteresting psychological undertone of Wonka's past.

I really like the name, Deep Roy, so I made this little animation to show my appreciation.

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