Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory

A fan­tasy trip with a won­der­fully sweet flavour...

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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

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