Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (DVD)

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Description

The eccentric manufacturer of chocolates and candies Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) promotes a tour through his chocolate factory, the greatest in the world, through five golden tickets hidden in the bars of chocolate. The poor and sweet boy Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) finds one, for the pride and joy of his very supportive family, and he spends the day in a mysterious competition for an unknown award with other four nasty boys and girls.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805051523
Department
Movies & TV
Released
7 Nov 2005
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Fantasy
Region
Region 2
Year
2005
Language
English
Studio
Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime
110 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Release Year
2005
Running Time
115 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Adaptation / Based On A Novel / Family Life / Fantasy / Kids Adventure / Remake / Storytelling / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$206.1 million
Official Website
http://chocolatefactorymovie.warnerbros.com/
Ratings
IMDb
6.6
Rotten Tomatoes®
82%
Metacritic
72
Synopsis
Who better to bring Roald Dahl's adored children's story to life than the mastermind behind inventive films like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and BEETLEJUICE? From Tim Burton's opening shot--against Danny Elfman's eerie score--this CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is recognizably darker than the Mel Stuart-directed 1971 version starring Gene Wilder. Though the mysterious chocolate factory has been closed for 15 years, it continues to produce and ship candy all over the world. When a contest promises a tour of the plant to the lucky finders of five golden tickets hidden inside wrappers, no one is more excited than Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), an impoverished boy whose family lives mere steps from the factory. Though he can barely afford even one candy bar, fate intervenes, and Charlie finds the last golden ticket.

Joined at the gates by a group of despicable brats named Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, and Mike Teavee, Charlie and his Grandfather (David Kelly) venture inside proprietor Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) delightful factory for a wild adventure. Each room is a feast for the eyes, and more importantly the taste buds--a sugarcoated dreamland where everything is edible. One by one, however, the children meet unfortunate fates, until only Charlie remains in the company of Wonka and his curiously small workers, the Oompa Loompas (all played by Deep Roy, whose image is multiplied with CG). Sporting a severe bob, and talking in a high-pitched voice, Depp makes his Wonka even weirder than Wilder's. While Burton adds some amusing contemporary touches (like the musical Oompa Loompa routines), and an elaborate back story, he also preserves the charm of the original book. Overall, Burton's visual innovation succeeds in capturing the vividness of a child's imagination--but whether this version trumps the beloved '71 film is for viewers to decide.
Notes
Theatrical Release Date: July 15, 2005
Poster
Poster for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cast & Crew
Director
Tim Burton
Star
Helena Bonham-Carter / Johnny Depp / James Fox / Adam Godley / Freddie Highmore / David Kelly / Christopher Lee / Missi Pyle / AnnaSophia Robb / Deep Roy / Noah Taylor
Screenwriter
John August
Source Writer
Roald Dahl / Author: Roald Dahl
Composer
Danny Elfman
Producer
Brad Grey / Richard D. Zanuck
Director of Photography
Phillippe Rousselot
Editor
Chris Lebenzon
Production Designer
Alex McDowell
Costume Designer
Gabriella Pescucci
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"Those Oompa-Loompas are the beat, and soul, of Burton's finest movie since ED WOOD: a madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart."
Owen Gleiberman (22 Jul 2005, p.51-52)
New York Times
"Wondrous....[The film] moves, like Dahl's original, in a straight line from one inspired set piece to the next..."
A. O. Scott (15 Jul 2005, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"Tim Burton surrounds Depp with miraculous visuals of spun sugar and creeping menace. Their missionary lunacy is a treat for twisted children of all ages."
Peter Travers (28 Jul 2005, p.92)
Sight and Sound
"Depp's Wonka is both flamboyant and reserved....He can be plaintive...or hilarious..."
Ryan Gilbey (1 Sep 2005, p.58)
Total Film
"[I]t's movie candy: an optical endorphin rush."
Total Film Staff (1 Jul 2006, p.128)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a dazzling confection for the senses..."
Richard Houldsworth (1 Aug 2007, p.91)
Uncut
"[I]t's very much Burton's vision: the modern fairy tale town, kitsch musical number and 'gothic' Edward Gorey-inspired design."
Uncut Staff (1 Sep 2005, p.140)
USA Today
"Depp deserves kudos for fashioning an original and outlandish if occasionally menacing character in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY....[The film is] a marvel of rich, colorful design and flair."
Claudia Puig (15 Jul 2005, p.6E)