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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Director:
Tim Burton
COUNTRY
UK/USA/Australia
GENRE
Fantasy/Drama/Musical
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Charlie og sjokoladefabrikken
RUNNING TIME
115 minutes
Producer:
Brad Grey
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenwriter (based on the book by Roald Dahl):
John August


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Willy Wonka Johnny Depp
Charlie Bucket Freddie Highmore
Grandpa Joe David Kelly
Mrs. Bucket Helena Bonham Carter
Mr. Bucket Noah Taylor
Mrs. Beauregarde Missi Pyle
Mr. Salt James Fox
Dr. Wonka Christopher Lee
Oompa Loompa Deep Roy
Violet Beauregarde Annasophia Robb
Veronica Salt Julia Winter
Mike Teavee Jordan Fry
Augustus Gloop Philip Wiegratz

 

Review

The cute and very talented Freddie Highmore and the enjoyably peculiar Johnny Depp gives this Tim Burton-rendition of the classic Roald Dahl novel a very sound foundation from which to spin its enjoyable, if somewhat predictable and repetitive story. The film looks magnificent and thrives on Burton's appropriate direction, but the story and moral still comes off a little stiff. On the other hand, Burton makes his film effective for adults as well as children through some daring politically incorrect turns (at last from the POV of American cinema) and also provides a very moving father/son-element between Depp and the impressive Christopher Lee. This is far from the first, and probably not the last, Burton/Depp collaboration. But it is still an amusing film which has got something for everyone.

Copyright 5.12.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]