A movie that manages to surprise the viewer in every scene. It could be by the way how the story is placed, the weirdness or exaggerated of the characters, the interesting process of how a chocolate factory works (seen in the beginning; of course "not" CG), or maybe because is a Tim Burton's creation.
1.8 stars. I don't think it's just being a British bloke getting sniffy at Americanisation since I mostly loved Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. More that so many of the creative decisions seem risibly arbitrary. Depp plays Wonka like Michael Jackson presumably to keep himself entertained; Burton crowbars in his father issues already explored well in 'Big Fish'. Shiny, unreal & distinctly unmagical. Not even ghoulish.
A colorful and faithful adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl book. Johnny Depp is memorable as a freak chocolate factory owner, but somehow the kids' destiny isn't effective enough. The musical numbers feel half-hearted and I miss more emotional depth as the only thing that left a mark to me was Christopher Lee's cameo as Wonka's father.
It doesn't really stand up on repeat viewings but I don't really have an attachment to the original and I think this one is better in places, as well as being totally suited to Tim Burton's style. Depp plays Wonka as a sometimes annoying version of Michael Jackson however.