Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory about a young poor boy who wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual chocolatier.
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Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryDirected byTim Burton
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.
If you ever read Roald Dahl's "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" you will see that the story is not as scary as it's presented. The oompa loompas are so creepy (amongst other things) that I wanted to cry in the very first scene they appeared. But well, it's a Tim Burton's movie. What else to expect? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. In this case he ruined one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever known.
Burton's last good film after Big Fish. Burton should thank and utilize writer John August a lot more. Here is a remake I thoroughly prefer more than the original(Wilder lovers, Fuck off). The film is a fun, inventive, and emotionally resonate, a element I didn't find in the original.