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Filling the coat of Willy Wonka is frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp--the pair have previously worked together on the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow--and what fun he clearly had. His Wonka is a kooky, isolated figure, extremely distrusting and clearly uncomfortable around the children who win a golden ticket to look round his factory. Burton invests time in his main character, giving him a rounded back story that pays dividends, and while some will inevitably prefer Gene Wilders edgier take on the same role all those years ago, Depp nonetheless is on strong form. The cast around him also perform well, particularly Freddie Highmore in the title role.
The story is as youll likely remember it, with five children given the chance to visit Willy Wonkas mysterious chocolate factory. And what a visual treat that factory is, bursting with colour and vibrancy. Along the way, they encounter chocolate lakes, industrious squirrels and the infamous oompa loompas, and truthfully, its fun to be along for the ride.
Is it better than that aforementioned 1975 version? Actually, its just different. Each film will no doubt have its legion of fans, but the bottom line here is that Roald Dahls classic has provided the source for an enjoyable, well pitched movie with plenty of rewatch value. Now if only theyd go and film Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator --Simon Brew
really enjoyed watching this with our 6 year old on family movie night :)Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer