Chocolate Factory is an interesting one, since I don’t believe either adaption has really gotten as weird as the books. They both had their moments, but I also think that they’re vastly different movies.That's how I feel about Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. I'll never watch the Depp version. I don't want it to even taint my perception of the original!
I know we’re in the age of remakes, but I want to say that 9 times out of 10, the remake doesn’t hold up to the original. There is a very good reason as to why we aren’t getting remakes for Casablanca or The Godfather- they’re perfect as it is. Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King are definitely the animated equivalent of what it means to be classic, and yet Disney chose to remake them. For every ‘Ocean’s 11’ there’s a ‘Pink Panther’- make the remake worth seeing, not a regret 10 minutes in.
(Off topic- as excited as I am for A Star Is Born, it would have been interesting if they mixed it up a bit; instead, I am 100% sure I know what’s going to happen to Bradley Cooper).