MOVIE: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
NINE, 7pm, PG (2005)
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.