Charlie and the chocolate factory movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There is a mild sense of quirky danger, but most kids will be able to tolerate it. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is bright Roald Dahl adaptation and is entertaining.


Charlie Bucket and four other children find the hidden golden tickets that win them and a caregiver a tour of a huge chocolate factory run by the quirky Willy Wonka.

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Movie details

Director: Tim Burton 
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Johnny Depp, David Kelly, AnnaSophia Robb, Julia Winter, Jordan Fry, Philip Wiegratz, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee
Writer: John August
Release Date (Australia): 1 September 2005
Runtime: 115 minutes/1h 55m
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Country: USA, UK
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film includes several scenes that feature perilous situations and threat in a fantasy context.

Violence (G)

There is a scene depicting punching and kicking in a martial arts class.

Coarse Language (G)

There is a use of the word “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for quirky situations, action and mild language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Tim Burton revives the quirky Willy Wonka and the fantabulous journey through the chocolate factory, but replaces the original’s spark with this surprisingly darker tone. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was bright, fun, enthusiastic and undeniably charming. This reboot is still able to deliver that sense of quirky charm, but in a less quirkier and funner way.

There’s the re-execution of the adorably unforgettable Oompa Loompas, sceneries, children and Roald Dahl’s brilliant story. Each of the characters, from the children and parents to Wonka and his workers, are improved. The performance from Johnny Depp is satisfyingly quirky and Freddie Highmore delivers the perfect Charlie Bucket. The shots and design of the bright room of edible land and a chocolate waterfall, in addition to the sequences in which the Oompa Loompas sing hilarious songs to the mean kids who receive karma, are just loveable. The golden tickets, chocolate factory and pretty much everything is designed superbly.

One gigantic difference that Tim Burton formed for this reboot is the tone. There’s this eerie music that has its quirky style, and there’s the brilliant depictions of flashbacks Willy Wonka has throughout the movie, mainly relating to his childhood and father. However, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes a fair amount of time to come to a conclusion. It probably could’ve been nearly perfect without some of the elements it involved, but it’s a truly funny and entertaining adaptation.

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