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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Directed By
Tim Burton

Written By:
John August

Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, AnnaSophia Robb, Jordan Fry, Julia Winter, Philip Wiegratz

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 28th, 2007


So the argument was over this movie and not THE CORPSE BRIDE, but I'm still not changing the article. (Sorry, had to make that side note.)

It really bothers me that people are so split on whether or not they liked this movie. It clearly demonstrates for me those people who read the book and those people who were only familiar with the previous version made with Gene Wilder.

I cried when I watched Burton's version of Dahl's masterpiece children's book, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. I cried the first time I watched it in the theater. The second time and the third time. I was so touched by the little boy who plays Charlie and his unselfish portrayal of a child who wants to do the best by his family. He is earnest and he is wise. There is something in his eyes that completely sells me on the fact that he was meant to play Charlie.

Then again - I read the book. I read it when I was a small child and I read it again before this version was released to the small child that I created.

Getting rid of the stupid Golden Goose scene and adding the one which was truly meant to be in the story (Veruca bites it in the nut room, people!) as well as putting both of the Buckett parents in the picture, Burton stays true to the book. Although he ends up adding some backstory on Willy that wasn't in the book, I feel that it was (and I'm not alone, since Dahl's family approved all of the additional scenes - Burton swore he wouldn't have put them in if they didn't) a positive thing to do. You can think of Willy's father being a dentist as a twisted little piece of Burton's imagination, but then I guess I would be twisted as well.

The Ooompa Loompas are all played by a small person who has been digitally replicated. I found the person to be a little creepy, but then again - THE OOMPA LOOMPAS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE CREEPY!!

If you're basing your opinion of the movie on a comparison between the Wilder version, then you're looking at it the wrong way. Think of it as being a completely separate film because it is. This was not a remake, this was not a retelling. This was a completely different film. I think it's possible to enjoy this one without feeling as if you are being disloyal to the "original." Especially when you consider that the "original" took more liberties with the book than this one did.

And let's face it, if you're not going to like one then you shouldn't like either. Because when it comes down to it: THE BOOK CAME FIRST.

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Jan 29, 2007 3:16 PM
Johnny Depp played a wicked Willy Wonka ......Burton did Dahls book proud.

Feb 5, 2007 4:48 PM
I have to agree..Dahl's writing was very dark and again not a child loving kind of guy. This is the true Willy Wonka. That said..the original has a special place in my heart because it was the first movie I remember seeing in a theater and it blew my mind away. For the time it was pretty mind blowing.

Mar 5, 2007 10:10 PM
I had seen the version of the story with Wilder, then I read the book. I LOVED the book, and so my return to the movie with Wilder as Willy was disappointing. Burton's version is like watching the visualization in my head as I read the book. Johnny is great, "Charlie" and Gramps are great-- and I love the way the story flows. I'm a huge fan of this film!

Mar 8, 2007 8:46 PM
I liked this version better as well, the boy sold me as Charlie and Johnny Depp sold me as Wonka. I really like the back story on Wonka also.

Oct 12, 2007 12:12 PM
I completely agree with you! They are two completely different movies. They have different names. The Wilder version was called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and this one is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I actually really liked the Wilder version too, but Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are really a match made in Heaven...at least for me, because Depp can play the eccentric roles that Burton's crazy imagination makes, ya know?

I never read the book, but I'll definitely have to check it out now that I've heard your argument for it. :)

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