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Tim Burton takes one of the most beloved stories of all time and turns it on it's heels....

  • Mar 31, 2010

Tim Burton is a master at constructing brilliant and unique films that boggle the mind and defy all beliefs there films that deliver a bold new twist each time but what makes Burton a master is his attention and devotion to his story. The detail and meticulous design of the sets, the costumes, the atmosphere of his films and how they all in some  strange way  impart a certain message of sorts   that  has a  bizarre connection to real life.  Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Roald Dahl's   beloved children book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has a method to its madness and a meaning to its story. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is one of Burton's best films since Big Fish and Sleepy Hollow.



Tim Burton's take on the legendary tale of  eccentric chocolate maker  Willy Wonka and  young dreamer Charlie Bucket  is a  film of meticulous   design, it is meant to be a children movie but  "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" plays out better as a quirky adult  fantasy adventure  with a PG rating. Burton doesn't spare any detail  he uses all his style  and energy  to create the bleak world of Charlie Bucket  and all his imagination and  light hearted enthusiasm to make the  beautiful chocolate factory of Willy Wonka,  it's astounding how it works, how it moves along flawlessly  telling it's story and just wowing the audience in each and every scene. It is not a cheap exploitation flick with a famous name slapped on it it is a story about a person, a place and a situation that comes to be fall that person (Freddie Highmore). Burton has not only updated a classic story for a modern generation he has effectively made a film that is both true to his quirky style and   mainstream enough for modern audiences, It's one of the best films of the last decade and also one of Burton's very best.



The film only works   whether you believe in what you are seeing; it succeeds on   how you look at it if you look at it with a cynical point of view than this film will be a terrible time and a complete waste of money to you. However, if you keep your eyes open and your mind clear of any doubt than this film will work wonders on your soul, your imagination and your imagination.  Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a one of kind film that only he [Burton] could have come up with and executed to the peak of perfection. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is as quirky as a Burton film can be, but, in it's defense it is also  a poignant story of love, family, doing the right thing, not being spoiled or overly competitive and most of all, chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. This film is a must see for Burton/Depp fans and for fans how like their chocolate visually stunning and dark.




Johnny Depp has always been know for his dark, strange and engrossing performances  there is only one film that comes to mind that Depp has taken a light hearted turn and that was in Marc Fosters biopic of famed Peter Pan author  J.M. Barrie, "Finding Neverland". Here Depp once again displays his skills as an actor, he gives audiences a performance that does not come off as eerie but eccentric, quirky and strange which for a Burton movie that is not too had to grasp. Depp delivers every step of the way and he never falters for one minute in his audacious role as Willy Wonka. Freddie Highmore is fantastic in this he is so honest, earnest and cheerful that he lifts this film out of its dark style and brings some light into the picture. Highmore is very skilled and if he was taken seriously as an actor he would truly  be great, and he  is Highmore has all the makings of a fantastic actor and alongside Depp(For the second time)  he  holds his own quite nicely  and silences the doubters(me being one) that he is worthy of being called an actor. The rest of the cast including Christopher Lee, David Kelly, Noah Taylor and Helena Bonham Carter all deliver fine supporting performances in this fantastic fantasy adventure.




"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is fun, wild, zany, outrageously enjoyable and delightful; it is a film that so hugely entertaining it does not feel like you are watching a movie more as if you are living it Burton has done wonders here and this film does not get as much praise as it should. It is a richly layered and well thought out film that exceeds all expectations it definitely exceeded my expectations.  It shows how sometimes    the thing you want the most is not always, what is best for you   and how sometimes just because you’re down and out doesn't mean you’re any less fortunate than the next.

Tim Burton takesone of the most beloved stories of all time and turns it on it's heels....

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July 05, 2010
EXCELLENT review, I loved this flick and got the humor in it. Depp really should have won an Oscar for this. I still to this day think it is one of the best performances ever, don't know why but I loved him in this.
December 14, 2010
Thank you very much and I agree a hundred percent this is one of Johnny Depp's very best film's and one of his best performance it is sad to say that he was snub for the Oscar he deserved.
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review by . May 23, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    Advertised to audiences both young and old alike, the universe that Roald Dahl created in his 1964 novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has always been one of dark but affectionate humor. So far, there have been two noteworthy adaptations; one in 1971 starring a memorably apathetic Gene Wilder, and another in 2005 directed by Tim Burton. And guess who plays the leading role in the latter. You know the story, you know the characters, you know the music …
review by . January 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It's no secret that the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory became a cult classic hit after it's strange flop in theaters.  What people don't know right off hand, is that Roald Dahl absolutely hated it because it deviated from his book a little too much.  In fact, Dahl hated it so much he refused to sell the rights to any of his books for years.  When he finally did sell the rights to another book, it would be just before he died (and from that you received the movie: James …
review by . September 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The first third of this movie, where you meet poor little Charlie Bucket and his family in their dilipidated home, where they are so poor that his grandparents sleep in one bed by the fire, head to toe, is so nearly perfect and straight from the novel by Roald Dahl that I actually got tense as Charlie opens each candy bar and still does not find that golden ticket. The disgusting children around the world finding those tickets were spot-on as well, including the best update whatsover in the movie, …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Definitely a die-hard fan of the original; Johnny Depp played a failing Wonka. Not my cup of tea.
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
a twisted tim burton take on a classic story...i will say i liked it better than the origional.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was ok I was hoping it to be as good as the orginal I think it could have been better!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I like the story, but Johnny Depp creeped me out and so did the same actor who played the umpa lumpa- just down right disturbing.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Definitely better than Alice. I thought this was good, but nothing compares to the original.
review by . November 17, 2008
Chorus:   Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka   The song sticks in my brain   Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka,   This chocolatier's insane     A magician and a chocolate wiz   His creations are incredible   He's the best darn guy that ever lived   Too bad that he's inedible     When they stole his secret brews   He sealed the factory tight   He lost another dozen screws   But …
review by . July 27, 2006
Making a remake of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' could easily be redundant and unnecessary. Fortunately, with the high-tech wizardry and Johnny Depp's key performance, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is a rich, but darker ride. Some of the same elements are there, and the development of the story is the same, but this time the atmosphere and the ending are much different. Both versions have musical numbers, and the story is still basically Dante's 'Inferno' for children (with modern …
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005  film adaptation of the 1964 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. Directed by Tim Burton, the film stars Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The storyline concerns a young boy (Highmore) winning a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by an eccentric candy maker (Depp).

Development for another adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory began in 1991, which resulted in Warner Bros. providing the Dahl estate with total artistic control. Prior to Burton's involvement, directors such as Gary Ross, Rob Minkoff, Martin Scorsese and Tom Shadyac had been involved, while Warner Bros. either considered or discussed the role of Willy Wonka with Nicolas Cage and Jim Carrey.

Burton immediately brought regular collaborators Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman aboard. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory represents the first time since The Nightmare Before Christmas that Elfman contributed to the film score using written songs and his vocals. Filming lasted from June to December 2004 at Pinewood Studios in England, where Burton avoided using digital effects as much as possible. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to critical praise and was a box office success, grossing approximately $475 million worldwide.
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