CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory comes about as close to being the perfect family movie that there is ever going to be. Taken from the classic, timeless, moral filled book written by the much missed Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka offers five lucky children the chance to take a tour of his factory, by virtue of finding five golden tickets.
Given that Charlie Bucket and
his family are so poor that he only gets one chocolate bar per year,
on his birthday, then his chances are slim. But still he hopes and still
he dreams. Which is what this film, and ultimately the book, are all
hopes and dreams and wishes coming true, but not at the
expense of all else.
Tim Burton has worked with Johnny
Depp four times before now and on each occasion has created a hit.
So making it five from five wasn't going to be that difficult to foresee.
The surroundings are sumptuous, the costumes magnificent and the acting
first class from everybody concerned. David Kelly (he of Mr O'Reilly
fame in Fawlty Towers and also from Robin's Nest and Waking Ned) as
Grandpa Joe is just a delight to watch in the understated role of guardian.
Depp steals the show as Wonka
though, playing the part as both a reassuringly childish adult and as
a frighteningly adultish child with each whimsical lift of his brow.
Beware whenever he says "Little boy" or "Little girl"
because you know what's bound to happen isn't going to be good.
As for the kids - Charlie accepted,
who is played with such wide-eyed innocence by Freddie Highmore, it's
doubtful that even a Wonka Wonda Wipple Waffle would melt in
his hands - a more hideous collection have yet to be invented (with
the exception of those that hang around street corners in all weathers
after 7:30 at night) and each of them - Charlie included - gets their
pun very much intended.
There are even Oompah-Loompahs
well, one Oompah-Loompah multi-spawned by technology, to be exact
who sing and dance, but sing and dance as Dahl intended, with
mischief and nasty glee at the unfortunate victim in question. This
is a much closer representation of the novel all round than Gene
Wilder's 1971 outing which strayed so far from the path on occasions,
it became almost so lost in the woods of fantasy as to be unrecognisable.
The book is unique and should not be tampered with. Burton hasn't
As for the film from an audience point
of view, in the words of Willy Wonka himself "And you, well,
you're just lucky to be here".
Please, just go and see this film at
the cinema and enjoy it to the maximum.
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