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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.5
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Johnny Depp Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore Charlie Bucket
David Kelly Grandpa Joe
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Bucket
Noah Taylor Mr. Bucket
Missi Pyle Mrs. Beauregarde
James Fox Mr. Salt
Deep Roy Oompa Loompa
Christopher Lee Dr. Wonka
Adam Godley Mr. Teavee
David Kelley
Plot
Mixed reviews and creepy comparisons to Michael Jackson notwithstanding, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would almost surely meet with Roald Dahl's approval. The celebrated author of darkly offbeat children's books vehemently disapproved of 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hence the change in title), so it's only fitting that Burton and his frequent star/collaborator, Johnny Depp, should have another go, infusing the enigmatic candyman's tale with their own unique brand of imaginative oddity. Depp's pale, androgynous Wonka led some to suspect a partial riff on that most controversial of eternal children, Michael Jackson, but Burton's film is too expansively magnificent to be so narrowly defined. While preserving Dahl's morality tale on the hazards of indulgent excess, Burton's riotous explosion of color provides a wondrous setting for the lessons learned by Charlie Bucket (played by Freddie Highmore, Depp's delightful costar in Finding Neverland), as he and other, less admirable children enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Wonka's confectionary wonderland. Elaborate visual effects make this an eye-candy overdose (including digitally multiplied Oompa-Loompas, all played by diminutive actor Deep Roy), and the film's underlying weirdness is exaggerated by Depp's admirably risky but ultimately off-putting performance. Of course, none of this stops Burton's Charlie from being the must-own family DVD of 2005's holiday season, perhaps even for those who staunchly defend Gene Wilder's portrayal of Wonka from 34 years earlier. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Comedy; Family; Fantasy
Director Tim Burton
Producer Brad Grey; Richard D. Zanuck
Writer Roald Dahl; John August
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 115 mins
Movie Release Date 7/15/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 556
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/1/2005
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569593374
Release Date 11/8/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: DD-EX 5.1
FRENCH: DD-EX 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Becoming Oompa-Loompa: How Did They Turn One Man into Thousands of Oompa-Loompas?!?
Oomp-Loompa Dance
Theatrical Trailer
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