‘…the film honors Wonka’s antisocial, child-unfriendly coolness, to the point of leaving the fates of most of its young characters unresolved. (The book’s coda, detailing the kids’ survival, is excised from a rushed finale.) Yet it cushions him in starry-eyed romanticism, too, from the first bars of its signature song Candy Man, which posits Wonka as joy-spreading visionary who wants only to make the world taste good. Is he an idealist of pure imagination, or a canny commercial opportunist and coloniser of cultures? The film defused the NAACP-stoked controversy over the book’s racialised depiction of Wonka’s Oompa-Loompa workforce by making them orange-faced alien beings, but the sour taste remains.’
To mark the 45th anniversary of the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ‘sheet fave Steve Collender has done another movie re-edit, this time as a video for an underappreciated post-hardcore tune.
“The 1971 classic recut as a concept video, where the chocolate factory is a fantasy in Charlie’s head.”
Meanwhile, on Funeral for a Friend’s somehow still-inhabited social media (having broke up earlier this year)…