Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man ...Read MoreDirector Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), whose poor but loving family lives literally in the shadow of the Wonka factory, is lucky enough to obtain one of the tickets, and Charlie, escorted by his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly), is in for the ride of a lifetime as he tours the strange and remarkable world of Wonka with fellow winners, media-obsessed Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry), harsh and greedy Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), gluttonous Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz), and ultra-competitive Violet Beauregarde (AnnaSophia Robb). Over the course of the day, some of the children will learn difficult lessons about themselves, and one will go on to become Wonka's new right hand. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also stars Christopher Lee, James Fox, and Noah Taylor; the book was famously adapted to the screen before in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder as the eccentric candy tycoon. Mark Deming, RoviRead Less
entertaining but juvenile. Recommend to somebody under 8 yoa only
Oct 15, 2008
Lots of fun
This is a fun movie for kids and also grown ups that remember what it's like to be a kid. It's also very close to Roald Dahl's book of the same name, moreso than the 1971 Willy Wonka film that starred the wonderful Gene Wilder. Personally, I liked both of these films. I did grow up with the older adapation. The newer film is not a remake, but a new adaptation as there are some very big differences to both. The newer one uses the songs from the book, such as the Augstus Gloop song (music by Danny Elfman, but the lyrics are RD's). The Oompa Loompas are not exactly like in the book in either version, but this version is the closest as they are described as "knee height" in the book. My kids, all four of them, ranging in ages from 5 to 13, all have liked the CATFC over the 1971 film. At first, I was a little put off by Depp's portrayal of WW, but now love it. He's funny! It's been said that Dahl's widow felt that this film would have met with her late husband's complete approval and I can see why. The cinematography, the acting (everyone!), the costumes, special effects (Deep Roy is all of the Oompa Loompas), music and directing makes for an enjoyable film.
Apr 9, 2008
Can't compare to the original with Gene Wilder
The original with Gene Wilder is soooo much better. This is a great book and I'm glad they attempted to remake it for this generation. I love Tim Burton and his darkness and I love Jonny Depp, but the combination of the two this time just didn't work out.
The visual effects were great. The young stars...Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) and Annasophia Robb (Bridge to Tarabithia) do an amazing job and to not only hold their own, but nearly steal the movie from Johnny Depp. Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka is outstanding as always, but perhaps this time, he took the outlandish performance too far (even for Willy Wonka)...or perhaps it was Tim Burton's direction that took this far fetched story way too far and beyond. The oddly magical story became strangely freaky (especially the Oompa Loompas). And what happened to the songs/poems?