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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review

Published July 16, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Warner Bros
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Before I begin, let me say that I thought the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder was a funny classic that will never be replaced in our hearts. On this note, I guess it is safe to say that the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from the workshop of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is great also, but in a very different way.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Synopsis


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is based on Roald Dahl's classic book about a boy who wins a visit to a sweets factory, run by the quirky Willy Wonka [played by Depp]. The boy encounters many amazing scenes and adventures while touring the enchanted factory.

Actually, most of us adults already know pretty much the entire story behind this tale thanks to the original Gene Wilder version of Wonka. The fact that Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a re-telling of this same story is really the only weakness this film has. The Tim Burton version of Charlie takes us through the exact same steps, or should I say rooms, where we encounter each child falling to their demise. In the end, we know who will win the prize and how things work out; well sort of. This new re-telling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does do a few things different that the original. First, we take a much deeper look at Wonka, played by Johnny Depp, and the events that made the character become the most eccentric chocolate factory owner on the planet. Second, the ending is much different than the Wilder version, but I would have to give away some spoilers to be able to discuss it. Third, there are tons of small differences between the two films that will require you to pay attention to details to notice. One such major difference is the use of squirrels cracking nuts instead of giant geese dropping golden eggs [squirrels were the original idea laid down by Dahl].

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Review


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Depp's Wonka is creepy and lovable
The number one question about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is if it is better than the original Gene Wilder Wonka film. Well, I am going to repeat what Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have stated repeatedly-- the two films are different. Each film has its perks, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory definitely has the edge when it comes to better cinematography and updated special effects. I especially liked the idea of all the Oompa-Loompas all looking the same [but all with different voices]. However, I found the Oompa-Loompa music from the original film to be much more entertaining.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mike hates chocolate, but figured a way to win by buying only one bar.
Who is the better of the two Wonkas, Johnny Depp or Gene Wilder? Again, both actors portray their characters differently. Wilder's Wonka was humorous due to his eccentric character and witty one-liners. Johnny Depp's character was humorous due to his sadistic one-liners and his germ-freak personality. One nice addition to Depp's Wonka is his ability to have flashbacks, adding a little more depth and understanding to the story.

During the first twenty minutes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I sat back and thought 'wow', this is definitely going to be better than the original Wilder version. The cinematography was excellent, the intro was astounding, and the introductions to the children were classic. But as we entered the amazing chocolate factory the film quickly found its groove and ran the film with a story that everybody already knew. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But a remake that follows an acknowledged tale can definitely turn a 'great film' into a 'very good film'.

If you were planning on seeing a wonderful family film this summer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is easily your number one choice.

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