Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005

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In this dazzling and mesmerising film Charlie is a poor boy who lives near a chocolate factory. When a contest promises a tour to the holders of five golden tickets inside wrappers, he tries to find one. Barely affording a bar, fate intervenes and he finds the last ticket. He gets his tour - and other delights!

Starring:
Johnny Depp,Freddie Highmore
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore
Supporting actors Helena Bonham-Carter, David Kelly, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Deep Roy, Missi Pyle, Anna Sophia Robb
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 13 April 2008
Format: DVD
In this adaptation from Roald Dahl's novel, Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) stars as Chocolate maker Willy Wonka, who offers 5 kids across the world the chance to win a tour around his chocolate factory.

It is amazing to see how times can change in the film industry, particularly in the animation aspect. If you were lucky enough to catch the original film with Gene Wilder in 1971 then you would have really appreciated the thought and dedication that went into the film. The effects and acting were stunning, none more so than Wilder. Now we find it hard to find a film without heavy dollops of animation, particularly in the fantasy genre.

Yes the graphics in this Tim Burton adaptation are good, as is his direction, but there is no real beating the original.

Depp's portrayal of the chocolate maker is very interesting to watch, an almost complete contrast to Wilder's. Wonka is portrayed by Depp as closed off, harsh and very insecure. This was based on his father's treatment, an interesting sub story which was not in the original.

Personally I was not a fan of this portrayal as I had always imagined Wonka differently, but it was interesting to watch and understand.

Highmore is good as Charlie, a more likable young kid than Peter Ostrum was. Though his constant pestering of Wonka can be annoying, his general character is sad and his helping has to be admired.

The plot is fairly consistent, with many up and down moments. It isn't predictable but isn't funny either. The acting isn't the best and although the effects and dark opening are really impressive, it is a pretty average fantasy comedy.

6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is almost good enough to make me forgive Tim Burton for what he did to Planet of the Apes, although not quite good enough to supplant the less faithful Mel Stuart musical version in my affections. Curiously, the best of the film is the opening and closing in the bosom of Charlie's impoverished but loving family in their cockeyed ramshackle house that gives the film real heart and resonance. Unfortunately, it does this so effectively that once it enters the gates of the chocolate factory itself, that gets left behind for all the magnificent design and occasional flashes of anarchy. Depp's Willy Wonka is 90% Eric Idle's Mrs Hendy (see Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and you'll know what I mean), 10% Dr Evil, as much terrified as overpowering as he rather too schematically pares down the bad kids in variations on death by chocolate (refreshingly this time the children do not emerge restored), but somehow lacks the whimsical insanity of Gene Wilder. Still, a surprisingly enjoyable and satisfying treat, although Geoffrey Holder's narration was curious - was his voice slowed down for the film, or does he really sound like that these days?

The 2-disc version boasts a large number of featurettes and extras but the emphasis is a bit more on quantity than quality at times.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nerfeezah on 19 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
I'm old enough to remember watching the original adaptation 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' with Gene Wilder, as a wide eyed child, and so I wasn't expecting much from this film as I knew what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this film. It's the same story of Charlie and his golden ticket but told in a completely different way. Everything is 're-imagined' (a term familiar to Tim Burton) and Willy Wonka is not the willing showman of old, but instead an eccentric character with a squeaky voice, bobbed hair and a backstory of a stern dentist father.

There are plenty of jokes and funny moments to make you laugh and Johnny Depp is wonderful as Wonka. He's creepy yet innocent and totally watchable. The Oompa Loompas made me laugh and weren't as creepy or terrible as I'd been led to believe.

A nice movie and any child would enjoy it with the same wide eyed wonder that I'd enjoyed with the earlier film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 23 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Eagerly awaited new film version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. If there’s one director and star who you would want to recreate the spectacular extravaganza of the chocolate factory and its flamboyant yet reclusive owner you would be talking Burton and Depp yet, though the film is good, it’s not quite as wonderful as I had hoped.
The factory is quite a spectacle and Depp is good as the complex Wonka with slightly more joie-de-vivre than Gene Wilder’s rather sinister portrayal in 1971’s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The nut cracking squirrels in the current film are also a cute improvement on the original’s egg laying geese though the story in the new version arguably doesn’t hold together quite so well and computer-generated “cloning” of one Oompa Loompa rather than using several actors is just modern laziness and doesn’t really work.

Comparing both versions overall, I would provably give the earlier film a very slight edge though they both get the same star rating from me. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is enjoyable though not quite as wonderful as I hoped it was going to be.
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