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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Family adventure based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The film centres around an eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), and Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Most nights in the Bucket home, dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup, which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and father (Noah Taylor) and both pairs of grandparents. They all live in a tiny, tumbledown, drafty old house but it is filled with love. Every night, the last thing Charlie sees from his window is the great factory, and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside. For nearly fifteen years, no one has seen a single worker going in or coming out of the factory, or caught a glimpse of Willy Wonka himself, yet, mysteriously, great quantities of chocolate are still being made and shipped to shops all over the world. One day Willy Wonka makes a momentous announcement. He will open his famous factory and reveal 'all of its secrets and magic' to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden inside five randomly selected Wonka chocolate bars. When Charlie finds some money on the snowy street and takes it to the nearest store for a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight he finds a golden ticket. The family decides that Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) should be the one to accompany Charlie on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Once inside, Charlie is dazzled by one amazing sight after another.
Director Tim Burton’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic story is undeniably more faithful to the source material than the 1975 musical retelling of the same story. His Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is also a slightly darker, visually inventive film, and is ultimately a tasty treat that the whole family can enjoy.
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 Wilder’s 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 you’ll likely remember it, with five children given the chance to visit Willy Wonka’s 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, it’s fun to be along for the ride.
Is it better than that aforementioned 1975 version? Actually, it’s just different. Each film will no doubt have its legion of fans, but the bottom line here is that Roald Dahl’s classic has provided the source for an enjoyable, well pitched movie with plenty of rewatch value. Now if only they’d go and film Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator…--Simon BrewSee all Product Description
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In a ramshackle hovel, Charlie Bucket and his family eke out an existence on cabbage soup, the bane of British school meals. The reclusive Wonka has withdrawn from the world for fifteen years but now returns with five golden tickets on offer, each ticket a passport to chocolate paradise. While kids around the world compete, connive, and manipulate their parents to ensure they secure one of the golden tickets, Charlie has to rely on luck.
It's a fascinating film, moving from the bleak grey and brown tones of Charlie's world to the wonderland which is Wonka's. The chocolate factory is garish, a full palette of bright colours, its confectionary an extraordinary adventure in the miraculous. It is a wonderland which will enrapture children. But there are decidedly dark undercurrents. Roald Dahl's 1964 novel has a sadistic quality to it, and director Tim Burton doesn't miss this. Children are no angels, and bad children deserve their comeuppance.
Johnny Depp plays the master of ceremonies, an unnaturally pale, reclusive man who has turned a factory into a circus, a playground for a bunch of cloned dwarves. You wonder who he could possibly have modelled the character on?Read more ›
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.
Johnny Depp's crazy twist to the role, playing it with a high pitched voice makes his character all the more endearing. When "Mrs. Beauregarde" starts flirting with "Willy Wonker", it's very funny but then given the chance, who wouldn't flirt with such a cutie!
The Burton version is highly polished, and is more of a spectacle although to me seems a little like a vehicle for jonny depp - only because he is the films stand-out feature. Hilarious, dramatic and camp.
My son (5 years old) prefers this version to the original. I still laugh out loud every time depp walks into the elevator door. It is touching in parts and probably closer to the essence of Roald Dahl's book.
The two films are different enough to warrant having both in your collection. If I had to choose which one to get, I guess I would go for the Burton/Depp version. The Gene Wilder thing - that's just nostalgia
I'm not saying the film is terrible, but compared with the original film it does not even come close to the magic of Roald Dahl. Firstly where are the great songs for the kids? All you get are terrible musicicle numbers from the umpa lumpas, which feel like they took an hour each to compose.
Then of course you have the single umpa lumpa playing all the parts, cheaped out?? Sorry but this film just has no magic at all. What needs to happen is the original film needs to be remastered, recoloured with new sound.
The songs aren't the same but they are incredibly funny, i was happily surprised.In fact I watched it twice.
The new format of the film is hilarious and Johnny Depp was exactly what it needed to re-release this old time classic.
My favourite character is the oompah loompa, played this time by one man, although it seems like many. His dancing is fantastic.
I definately recomend this film for anyone of any age!Its worth its price, a film you can watch again and again and still find amusing. fantastic.
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Its a very good film and close to the book but the gene wilder version with all the songs is fantasticPublished 1 month ago by captain gadget