Take a trip back to the chocolate factory with the 2005 remake of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, based upon the popular children’s book by acclaimed author Roald Dahl.
The film sees Willy Wonka literally hiding five golden tickets inside five ordinary Wonka bars. Charlie Bucket desires of opening a chocolate bar and finding the rare golden tickets, however when four have been found, his luck has run out of his hope to find a golden ticket.
Is this film better than the classic 1971 film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’? No. Absolutely not. However, it still has a lot of elements right as I found this film to be frustratingly entertaining. What do I mean by that? I’ll explore this during the review.
What works? Giving Willy Wonka a backstory is a surprise that actually works very well. It gives us more character to this chocolate tier, at how this well-loved and amazing inventor became the popular candy maker he is today. It showed his struggles of realizing his dream and love for candy, despite his father disapproving him because his a dentist. It works very well. However, Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka does pale in comparison to the late Gene Wilder’s portrayal in the original. Although, I wouldn’t call it bad, I found his performance a little all over the place, and I liked him in parts. There are some great updating to these characters without feeling hip and cool, like Mike Teavee being into video games, and not into television cowboy shows like the original film was. It makes this version more modern, but subtle modern, not in your face, it works well for this character.
Tim Burton shows that he is a very creative and an imaginative filmmaker. However, at times it doesn’t fit for the story and should be absent or changed. Like, a chocolate palace? The sun will melt it. It’s just a filler scene and not very needed. How the heck did Willy’s father moved his apartment in a day? Why move into a snow filled land? How do you get your customers? Makes no total sense. Wonka saying to Augustus that his chocolate shouldn’t be touched by human hands. Then why the heck does the Oompa Loompa’s go swimming in the chocolate river afterwards?! What the….?!
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ has a few problems, but ultimately it has entertaining moments and humour to be present, even though the songs don’t fit and come out of nowhere, compared to the original where it is a straight up musical film.
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is an entertaining film, despite its problems.