Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A fantasy trip with a wonderfully sweet flavour...
Director Tim Burton has always had a Gothic sensibility (think
Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands), so it was a surprise to discover that his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s fantasy is pleasantly light in tone. As the enigmatic chocolatier Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp pulls out all the stops, creating an eccentric recluse who thinks like a child but cannot appreciate childhood. Freddie Highmore shows once more why he was of the best child actors around, playing Charlie Bucket, the nice kid who finds a golden ticket enabling him to tour Wonka’s madcap factory. It’s delicious fun that moves at a cracking pace and looks fabulous. Dir: Tim Burton 2005, PG, 135min
Shock and awe: Depp (far right) shows guests his wonderful world