Not what I expected
Having grown up reading the original book by Roald Dahl, and seeing the 1970's film version many times, I was looking for that little bit of child nostalgia when I entered the screening for this. Tim Burton directs and he is no stranger to remakes, re-imaginations or re-works what ever you want to call them (Planet of The Apes anyone?). Luckily for us, whenever Burton gets together with his favourite leading man, Johnny Depp its usually a recipe for success. Chocolate factory you'll be relieved to learn is no different, living up to the expectations, exceeding in some quarters but falling short in others.
I'm sure you all know of the story, down on his luck, poverty stricken young boy, Charlie Bucket dreams of winning one of 5 golden tickets Willi Wonka places in his candy bars, thus allowing the lucky recipient a full days tour of his factory. No one has been in or out of the factory for many years. The adventure on screen takes us through the very pages of the book but also add's some backs story to Wonka's slightly weird outlook on life, it gives him a history and that little bit of depth that maybe had been missing in the Gene Wilder version. A few crucial things are missed out though like Charlie being so sometime sickly sweet, by the fact he follows the rules and doesn't do anything but what Mr Wonka tells him, there is also a slightly more extended glass elevator bit towards the end.
All in all these minor alterations blend in well with the already so familiar storyline. The demise of each child within the chocolate factory tour is built up to a great climax each time, the only slightly alarming thing is the rather chipmunk style songs the extremely small Oompa Loompa's sing, I preferred the 1970's version songs here. The Oompa Loompa's themselves are magically played by Deep Roy in double role, they are made extra small with computer wizardry and this just add's to this wacky race of little people.
Many reviews will rave about the child actors, Veruca Salt & Violet are both played really nastily by their respective child actresses, and Charlie will get plaudits too, played by Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland). But personally I don't think he has as much meaty material as he could have had and he does a basic job of acting the sweet little kid, which I'm sure anyone could of. The real acting masterclass in this film is by miles Johnny Depp's magnificent performance of Willi Wonka, he plays the choclotier as if he was b to do so. The chocolate man's zany persona and troubled childhood becomes apparent through Depp's acting and the humour is magnified with his execution of the script. Depp has proved many times he can play off the wall characters (Blow, Jack Sparrow in Pirates of Caribbean), and this time he's done it again. Watch out for the constant banter between Depp and one of the kids Mike Teevee, Classic comedy moments!
All in all the movie could have been a massive disappointment, and comparisons with the 70's version are going to happen regardless even though they are two different films of different era's and each stands alone on its own merits (one has better songs then the other, one has a better Willi Wonka then the other etc). But just enjoy this film for the great colourful grandeur scale sets, classic storyline and hilarious Depp performance of Wonka
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Your golden ticket to imagination and adventure.
Mel Stuart's original Willa Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971) has been given a fresh coat of paint as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.From the mind that brought us Beetle Juice,Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas,Tim Burton is back in the directors seat for the much anticipated remake of the much loved original.
The original caught hold of everyone's imagination and few people forgot Gene Wilder's strong performance as Willy Wonka.Johnny Depp steps up to the role of Wonka this time and does just as good a job,if not a better one,of portraying the unparalleled genius in confectionery.If you thought Depp was strange as Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Carribean,you'll find that he is even more strange(which is perfect)for this adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
You know the story,its so simple yet so effective.A young boy named Charlie who is poor,overcomes all odds to become one of only five children who are lucky enough to find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka Chocolate bars which wins them a tour of the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world.
All the children but Charlie are greedy,spoilt and stuck up,and one by one each of them receive their just desserts whilst Charlie see's his dreams come true.
This film matches the first in many ways especially Depp as Wonka and the methods in which the children are rid of is wonderfully entertaining.For example fat Augustus Gloop falls into a giant Chocolate stream and is sucked up rather delightfully by a huge straw.The film also sheds some light on Charlie's past,something which the original doesn't and this makes the story more interesting and when you watch the ending,makes it that extra little bit special.From Everlasting Gobstoppers in the inventing room,talented squirrels in the nut room and flying glass elevators whizzing you off to different rooms of the ingeniously designed factory,the film is one big adventure.
Perhaps the only thing that stopped me from giving this 5/5 was the Oompa-Loompas.Whilst still entertaining,they for me were not half as good as the Oompa-Loompas in the original.
You would be crazy not to rent or buy this film,as it is one of the best childrens films around,which adults will also find highly entertaining.Remakes which are as good as the original are hard to come by these days so you just have to see this.
This review was written by Chris on 01 April 2006.
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Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) has built the greatest and largest chocolate factory in the world. After some of his workers steal his secret recipes, Willy Wonka kicks his workers out and closes the doors. For 15 years, no one has seen any workers entering or leaving the factory, yet his chocolate candy is still being produced and shipped around the world. One day when Willy Wonka is getting his hair cut, he realizes that he is getting old, and he needs a successor. He comes up with a plan to open his factory and reveal his secrets to five lucky children, who find golden tickets inside Wonka chocolate bars.
The golden tickets are sent around the world and soon 4 winners are announced. The first to find a ticket is the greedy Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz). Second is the spoiled Veruca Salt (Julia Winter). Next is the competitive gum-chomping Violet Beauregard (AnnaSophia Robb). Fourth is the chocolate-hating techie Mike Teevee (Jordan Fry). There is one golden ticket left, and the achingly poor Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) finds it. Charlie chooses his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) to accompany him inside the factory, a place his Grandpa Joe once worked before it was closed. The other four children with their parents, and Charlie with Grandpa Joe, enter the factory and begin the tour of a lifetime.
The factory is not like your standard factory, but a living factory which mixes chocolate by waterfall, and boasts a river of chocolate that enables the group to tour the factory by boat. They experience the great glass Wonkavator, which can go anywhere in the factory, in any direction, at the touch of a button. During the tour, the group learns that all the work is now being done by the Oompa-Loompa tribe, who are paid in cocoa beans. The factory is indeed fantastic: trees and grass are edible, trained squirrels shell nuts for the chocolate bars, entire meals are contained in a stick of gum, and incredible technology allows chocolate to be sent by television. The four rotten children get to interact with some of Willy Wonka's fantastic inventions with unfortunate consequences which force them off the tour before it is completed. Charlie is the last child left, and Willy Wonka awards Charlie the greatest prize of all, the keys to the factory, which Charlie refuses. Accepting the prize means living Willy Wonka's life: cut off from family and the world to devote oneself to the pursuit of chocolate perfection. After some time, Willy Wonka sees that while Charlie may be the right person for the factory, the life that Willy Wonka chose for himself isn't right for Charlie. He relents and allows Charlie to bring his entire family into the factory with him, and they all live happily ever after.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (DVD)
Deliciously dark and packed with candy-coloured visuals, Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is an intoxicating endorphin rush. Freddie Highmore is engagingly winsome as one of five children who scores a ticket to the world's most magnificent chocolate factory. But it's his Finding Neverland co-star Johnny Depp who steals the show as the oddball chocolatier. While the story is a little soft in the centre, his take on Willy Wonka is a richly layered treat.
There's more than a touch of Wacko Jacko about his childlike demeanour - even down to the nervous giggle - but the genius of Depp's performance is that he manages to be creepy, sympathetic and hilarious all at once; "Papa?" he whimpers, when Charlie introduces him to his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly). Straight away it's clear that Wonka is a few fondants short of the whole box...
"A SEDUCTIVE BUT OFF-KILTER WONDERLAND"
Screenwriter John August embellishes Dahl's story with carefully pitched flashbacks to Wonka's traumatic childhood and gives Depp the edge over Gene Wilder's 1971 portrayal. The backstory lends a darker tone, but strangely for Burton, the idea of the four "rotten children" who disappear one by one on the factory tour lacks a palpable sense of menace. His greatest strength is in creating a seductive but slightly off-kilter wonderland rippled with chocolate rivers and where marshmallows grow on shrubs harvested by pygmy-like Oompa-Loompas (all played by Deep Roy). With a garnish of zingy dialogue ("Don't touch that squirrel's nuts, it makes him crazy!"), the finished product is a confection sure to bring out the child in any fudge-loving fuddy-duddy.
BRILLIANT FILM IF YOU WANT A LAUGH WITH YOUR KIDS!!
BUY IT AND YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED!
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (DVD)
After our son's year 4 class spent the past term reading acting and enjoying Roald Dahl's novel Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, it seemed a great choice for a Christmas stockingfiller in DVD format. This 2 disc set was really well received by both children the elder aged 8 and the younger one who is 5. It is an excellent film for any child who is inspired and enthused by Roald Dahl's captivating writing but the film also appeals to children in general whether or not they are familiar with the book. The film is bright lively entertaining and has all the ingredients children would love - the greedy boy the clever clogs girl - lots of fun amd mischief and is very fast moving and full of singing dancing and a huge cast with superb costumes and Johnnie Depp plays a great Wonka. - It certainly gave us an hours peace over the Christmas holidays,all the family enjoyed it and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
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