Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Penniless Charlie Bucket is one of five lucky children who find a golden ticket in a chocolate bar, winning a once-in-a-lifetime tour of eccentric recluse Willy Wonka's magical sweet company. Unfortunately, the other winners each face a grim fate when they start to misbehave. Tim Burton's children's fantasy, based on Roald Dahl's novel, starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, and Deep Roy playing all the Oompa Loompas.

Cast & Crew

Willy Wonka Johnny Depp
Charlie Bucket Freddie Highmore
Mrs Bucket Helena Bonham Carter
Oompa Loompa Deep Roy
Grandpa Joe David Kelly
Mr Bucket Noah Taylor
Mrs Beauregarde Missi Pyle
Dr Wonka Christopher Lee
Veruca Salt Julia Winter
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Edited for langauge.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jul 2005
Drama Children's