I love this version of charlie and the chocolate factory. It's very different in some aspects to the 1960s version, but also had its own fun elements added to make itself stand out from the other version. While I liked most including the childhood stuff, I believe this fan edit does a great job at setting out to remove the childhood parts and the one line that made no sense.
"Absolutely not" Wonka said when Charlie asked if he could bring his family.
It's dumb and it being removed improves the film by a long shot for various reasons.
Again the childhood stuff is gone, but again the edit doesn't do much else to change the film.
Despite that, the editing is top-notch and makes itself a great improvement on the source material.
However, It's the same 2005 Wonka film just improved at the end of the day.
If you hate the 2005 Wonka, you might like that they removed the childhood stuff and not much else.
If you love this film, you will love this fanedit as I did.
This fan edit is pretty straight forward really. It cuts out the distracting scenes of Wonka's childhood, which helps enormously with the pacing. The problem with the theatrical release is that it's probably is more suited to the title "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" than the original 1971 release as it's all about Johnny Depp's character rather than Charlie. I think it's actually impossible to make Charlie a more central character to Wonka as the camera and narrative is glued to him. It's definitely the "Johnny Depp Wonka Show" and no editing can really change that much.
I'm so glad that the "absolutely not" line has been removed on when Charlie has just won and asks Wonka if his family can come. I found that line too cold for Wonka really and I never did like the whole backstory anyway, so again, I'm glad it's cut out.
I obviously wish there was a way to cut out all of the horrid songs (god, they're awful), but it's an impossible task as they hold the scenes together with how the narrative plays out. You can't even cut the cheesy puppet scene on Wonka's introduction as there's no other way to introduce Wonka. You can't do too much with the film at all really. But you got rid of the padding and that was good enough.
If I was ever to watch this film again then this would definitely be my way to watch it. The editing itself is amazing. It's professionally made and executed well. Congrats with it!
This was an excellent way to attempt to stay true to the book and make it less about Wonka and more about Charlie. I am glad to see the subplot eliminated and the film focus more on the book's elements. Great job!