Johnny Depp is brilliant as the dark and eccentric Willy Wonka in this. I thought that the cast was great, especially the kids; little Freddie Highmore gives a terrific performance as Charlie Bucket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, is about a poverty stricken young boy named Charlie, whose wins a rare golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Amongst him, joining the visit of the chocolate factory are the other ticket winners, a group of rude and spoilt children. I think that at times the film is too dark, creepy and malicious, especially for much younger children; I would probably say its not really suitable for kids under the age of nine or ten. However the film does project some important lessons that kids and adults alike can learn from.
I did think the film was a bit too morose at times, but it gets its point across and the acting and the story are great. I also thought that the visuals were AMAZING! I thought that the chocolate factory looked out of this world; technology has come far since the first Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film, where the chocolate factory looked awful. I loved the use of colour and vibrancy in the film; made it visually spectacular to watch. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is definitely a film that hardcore chocaholics will love. This film will have you dreaming about chocolate!