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.