I'm reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the boys in school right now. We're enjoying it a lot, however, the boys think they need to eat chocolate whenever I read a few chapters. When we're done with the book, we're going to watch the movie. I'm not sure if we'll watch the 1971 version with Gene Wilder or the 2005 version with Johnny Depp. Maybe we'll watch both. I have only seen the older version, having grown up in the 70s, but the boys have watched the newer one too.
Books always vary from movies, and from what I've read, there are many discrepancies in both versions of the films. However, it is interesting to read that the 1971 version had a budget of $3M, but only brought in $4M and was considered a box-office flop. The 2005 version had a budget of $150M and grossed $470M in return. That doesn't surprise me, since there are obviously more people seeing movies now, things cost way more, and plus Johnny draws a huge crowd all by himself.
What a book! It features everything a good book should have -- adventure, unforgettable characters, discovery, suspense, danger, humor, and of course, candy. Imagine writing a book so good that not only is it made into a movie, but they make TWO of them. It's definitely a classic in children's lit.
Which is your favorite -- the book, the 1971 film, or the 2005 film?