Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), whose poor but loving family lives literally in the shadow of the Wonka factory, is lucky enough to obtain one of the tickets, and Charlie, escorted by his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly), is in for the ride of a lifetime as he tours the strange and remarkable world of Wonka with fellow winners, media-obsessed Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry), harsh and greedy Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), gluttonous Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz), and ultra-competitive Violet Beauregarde (Annasophia Robb). Over the course of the day, some of the children will learn difficult lessons about themselves, and one will go on to become Wonka's new right hand. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also stars Christopher Lee, James Fox, and Noah Taylor; the book was famously adapted to the screen before in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder as the eccentric candy tycoon.~Mark Deming
Love this movie as always. The -1 one star is because the code that came with it was blotched and it didn't work so I was unable to connect it to Vudu to watch it online sadly. But other than that, the price was right and Mr. Depp was great as always
Better than the first by far. Johnny Depp plays to the role well and gives it a unique spin that at times is quite comical. If you have a flavor for the bizarre twist that comes with a Tim Burton film, you will love this movie.
My youngest son read this book in school, and then at the end of the study they watched this movie. He immediately asked for his own copy, and he STILL watches it often. It is a bit darker than the original, in my opinion, but the story overall is quite strange if you ask me. I would not buy for very small kids, but elementary aged kids should be good with it.