So the school showed the Wonka double feature tonight at the college-owned theater, and I of course attended.
Wow, it's been so many, many years since I'd seen the original movie adaption in its entirety. I'd forgotten just how wonderful a movie it really was (and still is), how adorkable and amusing Wilder!Wonka is, how cute Ostrum!Charlie is, how cute the music was and how funny it could be in places. Seeing Wilder!Wonka's Gentle Kindly Smart-Assness and the humor, intelligence and everything again reminded me why I was such a fan of this particular universe in the first place. And the atmosphere of a zillion art college students who are cheerful and love both movies made it all even better.
I still love that opening where Wilder!Wonka limps out, loses his cane, and does the barrel roll. And I think my Favorite Wilder!Wonka Thing I Forgot About is the bit near the end of the tunnel boatride, when he finishes reciting his weird poem and just randomly starts screaming. Lol.
And it all got me thinking....
Both movies are wonderful in many ways, but both are quite flawed as well. I think the same can be said for the book it's all based on. So, I decided this: it's silly to argue about which of the three is better than the other two. The way I see it, the perfect Wonkaverse is an amalgam of both movies, with healthy doses of the book here and there. I own the book, and when I get the money I will buy DVDs of both movies, and I will be happy as can be. :)
What do you guys think about this? Agree or disagree? Any particular parts of either movie you'd put into the amalgam world? I myself think that most of the characters and all the places, designs and personalities should be an almost equal blend of both, with mostly Elfman songs, a few old movie songs, and the Burton Oompa Loompas.