Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A superfluous backstory aside, Tim Burton sticks faithfully to the text for this adaptation of Roald Dahl's much-loved book. Freddie Highmore is the beating heart of the film as poverty-stricken Charlie Bucket, who becomes one of five competition winners on a guided tour of Willy Wonka's phantasmagorical sweet factory. Johnny Depp's camp, childlike Wonka is fun but ultimately too distant to recapture the love generated by Gene Wilder in the 1971 musical version, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But, as with much of Burton's work, the production design looks good enough to eat, and the director really goes to town with the CGI razzle-dazzle.


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
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
Shopkeeper Oscar James
Jolly woman Annette Badland
Narrator Geoffrey Holder
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