Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2005, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 55m

230 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark. Read critic reviews

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Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedic and fantastical film follows young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) and his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) as they join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical and mysterious factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp). Aided by his diminutive Oompa Loompa workers (Deep Roy), Wonka has a hidden motivation for the tour, one that he will reveal only after the children in the group show their true colors.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore
Charlie Bucket
David Kelly
Grampa Joe
Noah Taylor
Mr. Bucket
Missi Pyle
Mrs. Beauregarde
James Fox
Mr. Salt
Deep Roy
Oompa-Loompa
Christopher Lee
Willy Wonka's Father
Adam Godley
Mr. Teavee
AnnaSophia Robb
Violet Beauregarde
Julia Winter
Veruca Salt
Jordan Fry
Mike Teavee
Philip Wiegratz
Augustus Gloop
Blair Dunlop
Little Willy Wonka
Liz Smith
Grandma Georgina
Eileen Essell
Grandma Josephine
David Morris
Grandpa George
Geoffrey Holder
Narrator
Voice
Brad Grey
Producer
Rick Berman
Executive Producer
Graham Burke
Executive Producer
Patrick McCormick
Executive Producer
Michael Siegel
Executive Producer
Brenda Berrisford
Associate Producer
Derek Frey
Associate Producer
Danny Elfman
Original Music
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Alex McDowell
Production Design
Peter Young
Set Decoration
Gabriella Pescucci
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Critic Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Audience Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Sep 03, 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2014
    Tim Burton's version of Roald Dahl's classic work is pretty a copy of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, and it just doesn't deliver. In fact, I found this to be among the worst of Tim Burton's films. In the lead role of Willy Wonka is Johnny Depp, who is always great in very off the wall eccentric characters, but here he is out of place, and just doesn't cut. I found this be a dull, boring film, one that tried too hard at putting new life into a classic story. The end result is a train wreck of a film, one that just doesn't offer anything new or exciting. I guess you can say that this is a remake, and in that regards, it's a horrible one, and it joining countless other movies that have been butchered by remakes. Burton has made some great films, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ranks among his worst with Planet of the Apes. I thought that this film relied more on visuals and effects to try and entertain, while the original grabbed your attention with memorable performances, well executed storytelling and charm. This tries too hard at delivering an entertaining ride by cramming way too much into the film, and overdoing everything. The finished film just doesn't deliver anything memorable and it ends up being a waste of time. Don't expect anything good with this film. Stick with the 1971 film, it is a far superior picture and it has a much better cast and it doesn't overdo anything like this one did. This one just has nothing to really grab your attention. Tim Burton is talented, but he just doesn't pull off anything fun, entertaining and ultimately memorable with his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    An atrocity beyond imagination is what awaits anyone who watches Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the hands of Tim Burton this beloved children's tale becomes a demented, psychopathic maze of sh**. The one highlight of the film is Danny Elfman's music, but it doesn't compare to the classic songs of the original. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a soulless family comedy that's bereft of joy and wonder.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    The visions of Dahl and Burton perfectly complement each other (please see Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox as a point of direct contrast here) and the film is therefore faithful to the book in a modern transposition (for instance the updating of Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teevee are prefect, and fully faithful to Dahl's characters). It is acerbic, funny, unsettling, with a good fondant centre, immeasurably superior to the Gene Wilde version I grew up with. However, the British accents referring to 'candy' grates massively: please choose one or the other.
    Louis R Super Reviewer

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