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Lacking Pure Imagination – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, our ★★★ review
June 27, 2015, 2:27 pm
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005, Family/Musical, Rated PG, 115 minutes.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly.

Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw Golden Tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka’s fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

Recently making it’s way into the mobile cinemas top 100 most popular films, is another of the many Tim Burton & Johnny Depp collaborations and also another Burton re-boot of a classic children’s story. The first big screen version of the classic Roald Dahl story being the 1971 version with Gene Wilder called Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, currently 16 on our top 100.

Burton’s version retains the darkness of the original and the story. With Depp’s Wonka also being a strange misunderstood, mysterious, genius now with perfect teeth. The plot follows a very similar path to the original also, only diverting for way too many woeful songs sung by annoying versions of the Oompa-Loompas. You won’t find any classics like ‘pure imagination’ here.

For a new generation seeing this story for the first time, it’ll be a lot of fun. But sadly Depp doesn’t come close to the dark manic brilliance of Gene Wilder in the original.

Review out of five stars: ★★★ Stars.

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