Monday, August 08, 2005

Good Line from a Mediocre Movie

I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yesterday and wasn't thrilled. Didn't hate it--just didn't see the need to remake the Gene Wilder version, which is a childhood favorite of mine. And let's face it, Johnny Depp channeling Anna Wintour or whatever he was doing was kind of creepy. (And I happen to love Johnny Depp. Most of the time.)

There was a line that I loved, though (and this may be from the book; I haven't read it since third grade). As the group clutching their golden tickets enters the big candy meadow with the chocolate river, Willy Wonka (AKA Depp) tells everyone:

"Everything here is eatable. The trees, the flowers, the grass. Even I'm eatable, but that is called cannibalism and is frowned upon in most societies."
I'm not sure why he pronounces the word "eatable" instead of "edible," but no matter. But I liked the idea of cannibalism being frowned on merely in "most" societies.


Blogger Mr. Liberty said...



8:12 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Yes, but Soylent Green is also frowned upon in certain societies.

8:18 AM  
Blogger David said...

I do not believe the cannibalism line is from the book...although the book and the original movie both also use the word 'eatable'. (You've gotta love Amazon's Search Inside feature! Eatable has search results but cannibalism does not.)

In the book, Mr. Wonka says: "And of course they are all eatable! All made of something different and delicious! And do you like my meadows? Do you like my grass and my buttercups? The grass you are standing on, dear little ones, is made of a new kind of soft, minty sugar that I've just invented! I call it swudge! Try a blade! Please do! It's delectable!"

In the original movie, Mr Wonka says: "My dear friends, you are now about to enter the nerve center of the entire Wonka Factory. Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities. And some of my realities become dreams. And almost everything you will see is eatable. Edible. I mean, you can eat almost everything."

10:11 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Definitely no mention of swudge in the new movie. I demand a recount. I mean a remake. I mean ... oh, heck, I should just reread the book!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tish G. said...

Out here in Western Mass, we've been speculating that Depp's channelling Carol Channing--the hair, the googly eyes, smile that won't quit. Ever. Kind of scary, actually.

I never liked Wilder's interpretation of Wonka...too bland. The book remains best.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Books are usually the best, it's true! Except for Jaws. That book was horrible--you couldn't help but wish the sharks would take out every character, preferably in alphabetical order. The movie far surpassed it.

Except for the constant smiling, I found Depp's Wonka also vaguely reminiscent of Edna Mode in The Incredibles. But much creepier and without the invaluable advice about wearing capes.

8:02 AM  

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