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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 2005
  • Tim Burton
  • 110 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A superfluous backstory aside, Tim Burton sticks faithfully to the source 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 film, 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.

Credits

Cast

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Willy WonkaJohnny Depp
Mrs BucketHelena Bonham Carter
Mr SaltJames Fox
Dr Wilbur WonkaChristopher Lee
Charlie BucketFreddie Highmore
Grandpa JoeDavid Kelly
Mrs BeauregardeMissi Pyle
Violet BeauregardeAnnaSophia Robb
Augustus GloopPhilip Wiegratz
Veruca SaltJulia Winter
Mike TeaveeJordan Fry
Mr TeaveeAdam Godley
Mr BucketNoah Taylor
Oompa LoompaDeep Roy
Grandma GeorginaLiz Smith
Prince PondicherryNitin Chandra Ganatra
Princess PondicherryShelley Conn
Man with dogKevin Eldon
Man with dogMark Heap
ShopkeeperOscar James
Jolly womanAnnette Badland
NarratorGeoffrey Holder

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2005-07-29
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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