Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 British-American musical fantasy comedy film directed by Tim Burton and written by John August, based on the 1964 British novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket.
Charlie Bucket is a kind and loving boy who lives in poverty with his parents and grandparents, but their luck changes as he and his Grandpa Joe join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical and mysterious factory of eccentric and mysterious candy maker, Willy Wonka. Aided by his diminutive Oompa Loompa workers, Wonka has a hidden motivation for the tour, one that he will reveal only after the children in the group show their true colors.
Why It Rocks
- It stays true to the Roald Dahl book, but with a few changes from both the book and the 1971 film.
- The acting is amazing. Johnny Depp does a decent performance as Willy Wonka.
- Incredible musical score by Danny Elfman.
- Excellent supporting cast.
- Catchy and rocking songs from the Oompa-Loompas as the four kids get into a predicament.
- The sets of the chocolate factory are amazing. From the chocolate room to the television room, they all look incredible.
- The film has some great narration.
- The scene where Wonka reunites with his father is one of the film's most heartwarming moments.
- It was interesting to find out that Deep Roy played multiple Oompa-Loompas in one film.
- "Back off, you little freaks!"
- Despite Charlie being the main titular protagonist, the movie at times focuses more on Willy Wonka than Charlie.
- Johnny Depp's portrayal as Wonka gets very awkward and lost at times, as he's depicted as a lost child in a grown man's body due to his past.
- Freddie Highmore's performance as Charlie is pretty bland as he always talks in a monotone voice.
- Some people may find the remake unnecessary due to it being an insult to the original classic.
- The whimsical atmosphere is nearly overtaken by the film's somewhat dark tone.
- Marilyn Manson campaigned for the role of Willy Wonka. Other candidates were Rowan Atkinson, Dan Aykroyd, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, John Cleese, Warwick Davis, Robert De Niro, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Dwayne Johnson, Terry Jones, Michael Keaton, Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Rik Mayall, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, Michael Palin, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. Michael Jackson also campaigned for the role before his trial in 2003.
- Frank Oz was attached to the director's chair before Tim Burton took over. Martin Scorsese, Rob Minkoff, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Levinson and Gary Ross were all at one point either seriously considered or attached to direct.
- Gregory Peck was first offered the role of Grandpa Joe, and he told Warner Brothers that he'd consider it. Sadly, he died before he could give his answer, but his family has revealed he was very eager to play the part. The only reason he didn't say yes right away was because he was afraid it would make him seem desperate and cause the studio to give him a lower paycheck. Peter Ustinov was also offered the role, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer. Also considered were Richard Attenborough, Michael Caine, George Carlin, Kirk Douglas, Albert Finney, Richard Griffiths, Anthony Hopkins, Ron Moody, Paul Newman, Max von Sydow, Eli Wallach and David Warner. Liccy Dahl actually wanted Christopher Lloyd for the part with Dustin Hoffman as Willy Wonka, or possibly an English comedian like Eddie Izzard.