Aroview: Lavish with magnificent visual icing, this version of Roald Dahl's classic childrens' story is a pretty tasty updating of the story of young Charlie Bucket, who wins a tour of the fantastical sweet factory of the eccentric Willy Wonka (Depp) along with a band of variously sinful children.
With dir. Burton's stylings and instincts fitting the material like a glove, this gives as valid and imaginative take on the book as the 1971 version, though it remains largely superfluous for those of a previous generation. Depp's performance echoes the real-life androgynous remoteness of one Michael Jackson, providing a psychologically nervous and slightly menacing characterisation. Meanwhile, the Oompa-Loompas are friendlier than remembered, though the gruelling fates of those 'bad' children remain as entertaining demonstrations of practical morality as ever.
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3 stars (Good Enough) Very different to the original film, this rendition of the Roald Dahl classic may be a turnoff for fans of the 70s classic, but Burton can still be commended for his creation of a quirky chocolate-factory, and for bringing Wonka to a whole new generation.~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) While nothing like the original, Burton's unique style manages to create a very credible take on a classic story. Those loyal to the first version may be disappointed, but today's generation of children will relate well.~GenXGirl