I can’t quite remember where I learned about or how I heard about this October marking the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I do know that I thought it was as good an excuse as any to re-read the book! After all, I had first read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was a kid, along with James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and whole host of other Dahl stories, but it had been a long time since I had checked it out. More often than not, I’ve watched the 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka when revisiting the tale.
And to be honest, I don’t think I ever saw the 2005 Johnny Depp remake, or at least not from start to finish. (This was partly because it seemed to be Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp, and partly because I was getting a bit tired of the Tim Burton-Helena Bonham-Carter-Johnny Depp trifecta.) That said, I do remember there being a debate when it came out though, about how it was darker and closer to Dahl’s original story, so I was curious to see how the book read now that I am all grown-up. Read More