Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • PG
  • Tim Burton (2005)
  • US / UK
  • 110 min
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

After Batman and Planet of the Apes, Tim Burton continues to rewrite a generation's childhood with a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's much-loved book. A fashionable but superfluous backstory aside, Burton sticks faithfully to the text: poverty-stricken Charlie Bucket (Finding Neverland's Freddie Highmore, the film's heart) is one of five competition winners on a guided tour of Willy Wonka's sweet factory. Johnny Depp's camp, childlike Wonka - weirdly reminiscent of Michael Jackson - is fun but ultimately too distant to recapture the love generated by Gene Wilder in the original. The production design looks good enough to eat, however, and it is here that Burton exposes the technical limitations of the once-definitive 1971 musical, employing computer animation to dazzling effect. Dahl's trademark black humour remains, but ultimately this can't decide if it's a timeless fairy tale or, with its video games, S&M and MTV-influenced dance routines, a modern parable.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Johnny Depp and featuring Freddie Highmore. Impoverished Charlie Bucket wins the last of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bars, entitling him to a guided tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious sweet factory. But it's an adventure that will have different results for all the children involved.

Cast and crew


Willy Wonka
Johnny Depp
Mrs Bucket
Helena Bonham Carter
Mr Salt
James Fox
Dr Wilbur Wonka
Christopher Lee
Charlie Bucket
Freddie Highmore
Grandpa Joe
David Kelly
Mrs Beauregarde
Missi Pyle
Violet Beauregarde
AnnaSophia Robb
Augustus Gloop
Philip Wiegratz
Veruca Salt
Julia Winter
Mike Teavee
Jordan Fry
Mr Teavee
Adam Godley
Mr Bucket
Noah Taylor
Oompa Loompa
Deep Roy
Grandma Georgina
Liz Smith
Prince Pondicherry
Nitin Chandra Ganatra
Princess Pondicherry
Shelley Conn
Man with dog
Kevin Eldon
Man with dog
Mark Heap
Oscar James
Jolly woman
Annette Badland
Geoffrey Holder


Tim Burton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Jul 2005
Certificate PG
Front Row TV Ltd