W: Roald Dahl [based on his novel "Charlie & The
DP: Arthur Ibbetson
Ed: David Saxon
Mus: Walter Scharf; Leslie Bricusse & Anthony
PD: Harper Goff
Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka), Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket),
Jack Albertson (Grandpa Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop)
Surprisingly, this original film of the classic children's
book is tailored more for adults than youngsters due to its frequent dark tone, moments of black comedy and occasional scenes of trippy psychedelia which say quite a lot about the era in
which it was made. Still, it has the morals in the right place for youngsters, particularly when it comes to the excesses of greed, gluttony, selfishness and other such bad
Adapted by Roald Dahl himself from his own book, a group
of children all win a golden ticket inside their favourite chocolate bars to visit the secret factory of the eccentric confectioner Willy Wonka, but the spoiled brats all get their
comeuppance when they eat to excess, accompanied by the Oompa Loompa songs about their poor manners and behaviour.
The film hasn't dated badly, but the appeal has palled
since Tim Burton directed a more child-friendly version in 2005 (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory). It's still reasonably memorable due to Gene Wilder's wild-eyed performance, the
colourful set design and costumes, the iconic songs and a handful of juvenile performances.
CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE
D: Tim Burton
Warner Bros. (Richard D. Zanuck & Brad
USA/UK/Australia 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇦🇺 2005
W: John August [based on the novel by Roald
DP: Philippe Rouselott
Ed: Chris Lebenzon
Mus: Danny Elfman
PD: Alex McDowell
Cos: Gabriella Pescucci
Johnny Depp (Willy Wonka), Freddie Highmore
(Charlie Bucket), David Kelly (Grandpa Joe), Helena Bonham-Carter (Mrs. Bucket), Noah Taylor (Mr. Taylor), James Fox (Mr. Salt), Missi Pyle (Mrs. Beauregarde), Christopher Lee (Dr.
Wonka), Deep Roy (Oompa-Loompa)
Americanisation of Roald Dahl's classic children's
story about a humble boy who wins a golden ticket tour of the eccentric Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, where other golden ticket winners are spoiled children, punished for their
Johnny Depp plays Wonka as a goofy character
rather than the partly-sinister embodiment that Gene Wilder brought to the role in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' and many prefer this remake to that
version, but the better film is subjective to the viewer.
I actually prefer the 1971 film, but it doesn't
stop this film being a good remake, with the usual Tim Burton flourishes of opulent style and gothic humour.