Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Movie Review Summary

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This is Tim Burton's modernised version of the Roald Dahl tale and if you have seen the original film starring Gene Wilder, it hasn't strayed much from it. The basic story is the same, with the poor Charlie desperately trying to win a golden ticket which is hidden inside a chocolate bar. To which the prize is to visit the mysterious chocolate factory, with Willy Wonka the even more mysterious owner of the factory as the tour guide.
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The film still has the oompa loompas who sing and dance, albeit a more up tempo pop version, when the naughty and spoiled children are ejected from the tour one by one. However if your favourite songs are the ones sung by Wonka himself you are out of luck, although it would have been interesting to see Johnny Depp sing. Instead we have a backstory to Wonka and how he became the famous candy maker.
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Johnny Depp stars as Willy Wonka in the 2005 version of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel.

Charlie Bucket is a kid growing up in a very poor family, which includes his parents and his four grandparents who never leave their bed. More than anything else, Charlie is fascinated by the tales of chocolatier Willy Wonka, told to him by his Grandpa Joe, who used to work for Wonka before the man sent away all his workers and closed his factory, only to reopen it years later using mysterious labor. One day Willy Wonka announces that five golden tickets have been put inside the wrappers of five Wonka chocolate bars delivered all over the world. Each child to find a golden ticket will be given a tour of the chocolate factory, and one of the children will get a very special prize at the conclusion of the tour. The first four tickets are claimed by four obnoxious, spoiled children, but Charlie is the one to find the fifth and last ticket. The five children show up at the appointed time, and are greeted by the very eccentric Willy Wonka. What follows next is a process of elimination, as each of the bratty kids gets his just desserts during the course of the tour.   

Tim Burton's film includes more scenes taken from the book, but also creates a back-story for Willy Wonka. Flashbacks throughout the tour of the chocolate factory show how Wonka's relationship with his strict dentist father led him to run away and become a chocolatier. With Charlie's help, Wonka comes to realize that he must reconcile with his father before he can pass on his life's work.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Poverty story?    -   Yes Age group    -   trouble in grade school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 5-10 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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