MOVIE: Char­lie And The Choco­late Fac­tory

NINE, 7pm, PG (2005)

The Gympie Times - - LIFE -

Director Tim Bur­ton (Alice in Won­der­land) piles on the vis­ual ex­trav­a­gance for the sec­ond cin­e­matic adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale. With its dark un­der­tones, some will find it less palat­able than the 1971 Gene Wilder ver­sion. Johnny Depp is both magnetic and dis­turb­ing as the de­ranged Willy Wonka, while his pre­co­cious Find­ing Nev­er­land co-star, Fred­die High­more, is the per­fect Char­lie. The story’s flow is too dis­jointed and the mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes are, well, freaky. Even so, there are a lot of cu­ri­ous de­tails to at least keep you stim­u­lated.

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