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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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½ November 27, 2016
Why did we need a remake of a perfect film?
Why try to re-imagine Wilder's iconic performance?

As a fan of Johnny Depp, this was just wrong and a blatant attempt at a money-grab.
November 23, 2016
An absolute disgrace to the original. Depp isn't even close to mastering Willy Wonka as Gene Wilder did. Horrible film. If you want to watch Willy Wonka and enjoy a lifetime supply of chocolate, watch the original movie.
½ November 21, 2016
Not any where near as good as the first one, sorry Johnny.
½ November 15, 2016
A fantastic movie with a very important moral: Don't spoil your kids, & you'll be surprised! (Or something like that). Or keep your expectations low & you will be surprised.
November 12, 2016
Unlike the original, this remake of the classic children's story feels off. It may be the set design, or the CGI, but it feels cold instead of warm. And the film doesn't try to be realistic at all. Its hard to base this film on its own merits, and not compare it to its predecessor. The film's bratty children feel like caricatures, and the film doesn't quite get the character of Willy Wonka right. The extra backstory is weird and doesn't gel well with the film. I do like the musical score, but very little else.
½ November 10, 2016
Tim Burton has officially become full of himself with this well-meaning but flawed remake of a beloved classic.
November 3, 2016
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a very respectable film that does have its issues such as the lack of a darker tone and a mostly very annoying soundtrack, but the characterization and storytelling are both excellent here, the flashback structure is well handled, the humor is great and the visual effects are expectedly terrific. But Johnny Depp is the most memorable aspect here. Whereas Gene Wilder was more sinister and memorable, Depp is funnier and more campy and ultimately both Willy Wonkas are excellent and both movies are really good with this one being one of the better films from Burton and one of his most underrated.
½ November 2, 2016
Novel-to-movie, Burton prays on the beastly stereotypes, vultures of mankind. A fantasy adventure with not just family-regards, also twisted sickness and nevermindness towards the dirt of society. Depp acts like a psych-warded Michael Jackson, with no relations to anyone, going out of his comfort zone to find a heir, to settle his factory´s future.
½ October 20, 2016
Roald Dahl's morbid, bitterwseet classic, Tim Burton's colorful, imaginative visual aesthetic, and Johnny Depp's best Michael Jackson impression were destined to meet.
October 18, 2016
Even better than the original film
October 18, 2016
Good, but choose the original.
½ October 8, 2016
A great feel good film with a stellar cast that includes Depp, Lee and Carter all in great roles. The songs are great and the jokes are funny one of Depps best roles for sure. It has a good lesson of morals and themes of family, loyalty and respect. A film for kids and adults.
½ September 30, 2016
Tim Burton, how dare you.
½ September 28, 2016
This is Really Delicious Like chocolate
September 13, 2016
Take a moment to pretend the 1971 version didn't exist. Putting aside my bias, look at this movie on its own. It's a beautiful sight to see, given the amount of detail that was put into it. The actors clearly give it their all to portray their characters in their own ways that reflect who they are. Compared to Gene Wilder's performance, Depp is vastly different but in the best ways. It's a fresh performance that leaves many feeling uncomfortably giggly in a good way. This is a movie Burton did right, a movie that's gonna stick in people's heads for a long time. Is it different than the original? Yeah, but that's not bad. They're both perfect films in different ways, telling the story in two distinctive but brilliant ways. Look at it on its own and its a perfect adaptation. Look at it side by side, and its still an admirable movie.
½ September 8, 2016
A sweet story surrounded by the taste of sweet protagonists.
September 6, 2016
Poor, oddly grim reimagining of the classic book/1971 film
½ September 5, 2016
Tim Burton stab at adapting the classic Roald Dahl book is overproduced and largely flat. The omission of Gene Wilder's classic "You get nothing!" freak out from the original film is unforgivable. Johnny Depp's Wonka is creepy in a real off-putting way. My suggestion for a better Wonka: Jeff Goldblum.
Super Reviewer
½ September 3, 2016
I respect the fact that Burton was trying to make something much closer to Dahl's novel than the 70s adaptation but he gets lost in the visuals and Depp's misguided weirdness. Also, the attempt to give Wonka a backstory (especially one as lame as this) was a critical error.
½ September 1, 2016
it's harmless, mostly.
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