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Charlie and the chocolate factory

Published: Thursday 2005-10-06.

The other day I went to the cinema to watch Charlie and the chocolate factory with my girlfriend. I haven’t read the book, but I do have strong memories from Ernst-Hugo Järegård reading the book aloud on Swedish TV when I was young. It wasn’t an animated film in that regard, but the book read aloud while the camera panned over painted still images illustrating the story. (Apparently I’m no alone in comparing to that version.)

Since I’ve seen the version from Swedish TV a couple of times, even as an adult, I know the story-line rather well, so it was nice to see that the filmatisation was kept faithful to the story I know. There were a couple of scenes that I don’t remember from Ernst-Hugo’s version, but since I haven’t read the book I don’t know if it was because the Swedish version was abridged, or if they were added in the movie version.

If you, like me, still are a child at heart I can recommend this movie. But; nothing beats Ernst-Hugo Järegård’s version, no matter whether the pictures are moving or not.

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  • Datum: 2005-10-06 19.42.02 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************.2.cust.bredband2.com

Filmatiseringen från 1971 med Gene Wilder lär vara många amerikaners motsvarighet till vår Järegård-upplevelse. Den sägs skilja sig väldigt mycket från boken (t.o.m. titeln!), vilket förargade Roald Dahl något oerhört enligt IMDb. I så fall kanske många amerikaner som aldrig läst boken upplever den nya filmen bitvis annorlunda mot den historia de känner till.

Jag noterade att det finns åtminstone en uppföljare till boken. Vad är oddset att det spelas in en film på den, om nu den första filmen blir en publik- och kritikersuccé? Av förklarliga skäl kunde de som låg bakom den första filmen aldrig göra en uppföljare..

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