Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of a candy factory, decides to open up his factory to five lucky kids who won a contest by finding golden tickets in his candy bars. As the tour progresses, each kid succumbs to a temptation of their weaknesses except for Charlie Bucket, an innocent child whose family has grown up in poverty in the shadow Willy Wonka's monstrous factory.
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
The second disc is filled with a number of distinctive featurettes. The likely crowd-pleaser in most households is "Attack of the Squirrels," which recounts how those fuzzy little creatures (a combination of hard-to-train live animals, animatronics, and computer graphics) can be ornery in their own right. "The Fantastic Mr. Dahl" is a 17-minute look at author Roald Dahl through vintage footage and new interviews with family, friends, and colleagues. "Becoming Oompa-Loompa" follows Deep Roy as he is filmed over and over again through his dance steps and music performances.
Roy is a constant throughout the kids' activities as well. You can follow him to learn two different dance steps "Augustus Gloop" and "Violet Beauregarde," and make him taste weird candy inventions in a simple game. "Search for the Golden Ticket" is a five-part challenge that tests your remote-control fingers, your deductive abilities, or your luck. Finally, if you just want basic behind-the-scenes information, "Making the Mix" is a collection of featurettes (around 40 minutes total) covering the film's casting, music, production design, and special effects. --David Horiuchi
- The Fantastic Mr. Dahl: Learn about Dahl's life story and extraordinary body of work
- Challenges: Oompa-Loompa Dance Machine, The Inventing Machine, The Bad Nut, Search for the Golden Ticket
- Attack of the Squirrels: See how they trained live squirrels to perform in the film
- Five making-of featurettes
- Becoming Oompa-Loompa: See how one actor, Deep Roy, was turned into a multi-talented army of Oompas
- Pack of 5 limited-edition trading cards
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I can't believe Charlie is Freddy Highmore from Bates Motel and The Good Doctor, ha ha... I love that guy. Very talented cast for sure. But overall, it's just a twisted Dr. Seuss style copy with extra helpings of The Grinch. The frames of the Bucket house look like the ghetto in Whoville.
Fun to look at the new colors but no real substance here. I suggest an evening with Frankenweenie over this wannabe .
THEY ARE A FEW CHANGES, BUT THEY DID NOT MESS UP THE MOVIE, IT MADE IT BETTER,
THE COLOR IS BETTER AND WITH THIS ONE, THERE IS A DISC WITH SPECIAL FEATURES,
IT TELLS HOW THEY MADE CERTAIN PARTS AND ITS ACTUALLY VERY INTERESTING
(SPOILER ALERT) THERE IS A LONGER ENDING AND A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE FIRST ENDING IN THE MOVIE
IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE ORIGINAL, YOU WANT NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE.
I WOULD SUGGEST EITHER READ THE BOOK, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY OR JUST RENT OR BUY THE ORIGINAL
WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY,
YOU WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIE AS WELL, IT S FASCINATING!
A VERY GOOD MOVIE FOR THE KIDS AND GROWN UP ADULT KIDS TOO!!
Freddie Higmore did a good job and was on par with Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket. Gene Wilder had his finest acting moment as Willy Wonka so it was a tough act to follow. Johnny Depp was wonderful as Willy Wonka thanks in part to the flashbacks to his youth, which added to his character.
David Kelly a Grandpa Joe was a hoot as were the entire Bucket family and their house. Deep Roy as the Oompa Loompa was a good twist and the music was enjoyable.
For free on Amazon Prime, I'd give it a go.
In comparison the 1971 film with Gene Wilder seems rather rinky dink. The quality of the sets is poor compared to the 2005 version. Gene Wilder definitely "makes" the movie memorable.
If the 2005 version had Gene Wilder starring as Mr. Wonka it would be a near perfect movie in my opinion. Johnny Depp, gives a very good, convincing performance as Mr. Wonka, but is a little less sinister than the Wonka played by Gene Wilder. Love this movie. Would watch it again.
Con's; This is nowhere near as charming, interesting well executed or entertaining as the Gene Wilder original. Johnny Depp comes off incredibly creepy. Like a deranged Michael Jackson during the child abuse allegations. It's awkward and uncomfortable for adults.