Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ★★★ 2005 (PG)
Unlike 1971's “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” this is not a musical, although the Oompa Loompas still sing. And Burton does a more faithful adaptation of the 1964 book by Roald Dahl. Poor boy Charlie Bucket (Highmore) is one of five winners of a golden ticket that allows him to tour the mysterious Willy Wonka's (Depp) chocolate factory. Fans of the original may have qualms, but this one has a little more depth and heart, great visuals, and the cooperation of Dahl's widow, an exec producer. Depp is brilliantly quirky and Highmore shines. 115m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD, HD DVD . US GB Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, AnnaSophia Robb, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee, Helena Bonham-Carter, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Missi Pyle, Julia Winter, Jordan Fry, Philip Wiegratz, Franziska Troegner, Harry Taylor, Adam Godley, Eileen Essell, Liz Smith, David Morris; D: Tim Burton; W: John August; C: Philippe Rousselot; M: Danny Elfman; Nar: Geoffrey Holder.