and the Chocolate Factory
Emily Blunt Review
Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Deep Roy, Noah Taylor, Helena Bonham
Carter, Jordan Fry, AnnaSophia Robb, Julia Winter, Philip Wiegratz,
Missi Pyle and David Kelly
Directed by: Tim Burton
Music by: Danny
Elfman Soundtrack review & purchase portal->
a song from Charlie NOW (click silly click)
speaking? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a mind-blowing,
uber-crunchy nutty treat - a literal cornucopia of imagination
sparkling between, and dancing about, the touching tale, whipped
up and frothy as only Mr. Tim Burton (and his usual suspects behind
& in the scenes) could have created. Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory is a Wonkaliscious treat of grand eye-popping proportions
Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), who had to close his factory
to all due to chocolate-style espionage over fifteen years ago,
has decided to grant five lucky children (and their escorts) a
tour of his super-secret factory.
golden tickets are set forth across the world. It's melee for
the youngin' - each hoping to find that golden ticket!
Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a poor child, who is rich in his family's
love, is the last to find a golden ticket within a Wonka Whipple
Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight. (<- tears may well up here
as Freddy Highmore exudes the feeling of found happiness so very
day arrives and the lucky children - each more greedy and brattier
than the other (excluding dear Charlie) arrive at the factory
gates. Let the hoopla begin! After a hilarious introduction to
Mr. Wonka, the small group head into the gigantic cavernous factory.
quickly learn, Wonka's not what you'd call a "people person."
He even has cue cards he refers to when one of his guests confuses
him with their prying questions (hilarious). Let's call
him an eccentric and scuttle forward...
guides them through his fairyland of cholateering. The edible
room with the river of chocolate - complete with a waterfall (natch),
the invention room - where the Everlasting Gobbstopper is being
developed along with the dinner gum
on to the trained squirrel
area; Wonka discovered a squirrel can un-nut a nut nearly completely,
and practically every time! Efficient and bizarre - that's Wonka...we
also head into the future, that streams past virtual-reality,
into tangible T.V. in Wonka's T.V. teleportation room...it's all
most grand of all, we meet, and learn about the history of, the
multitalented Oompa-Loompas! ( <-be still my creativity-loving
heart at the cleverness behind their, and Wonka's, backstories
- thank you screenwriter John Austin, Mr. Burton, and Danny Elfman
only Charlie is left with Wonka, after a series of misadventures
86 the other more aggressive four spawn, er, children, Wonka's
greatest parlor trick has been saved for Charlie! But we will
learn, it's really Charlie who is about to give Mr. Wonka the
greatest gift of all
(sniff - snort).
that I ever feared Mr. Tim Burton and his stratospheric mind (along
with a few of his closest friends
) could not have assembled
the perfect cast (which he did), or create Wonka's world as Roald
Dahl had intended originally (which they did), or that the added
bits of Wonka's back story wouldn't delight (which it did), I
just was up to my snozgaggle in repugnant remakes and cash-in
copies - here, however, my gosh darn I stand corrected, and in
awe dear readers. I have begun deconstructing my soapbox, as I
am firmly, obliviously, a hypocrite.
cast assembled for this classic reinvents and brings to vivid
life all the characters many of us already loved. Tim Burton was
certainly the man-for-the-job (he'd already superbly addressed
Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" after all). And Burton's
exquisite eye for fancy. with winks of macabre, work wonderfully
with Dahl's delicious dialog, and Wonka's whole nearly mad beneath
a hat persona.
production design by Alex McDowell, in which he uses pretty-much
real sets with sprinkles of CG, and the pristine humor-accented
costuming by Gabriella Pescucci only emphasize the wondrous work.
Danny Elfman, composer extraordinaire, whips up the music, stitching
the frames stupendously (score
reviewed here). The nasty wee ones, the hellions set amuck
among the sweets, each excel; Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry ala pass-the-ortho-novum),
Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), Violet Beauregarde (AnnaSophia Robb)
and of course der schwineschnitzelkind Augustus Gloop (Philip
Wiegratz - who gets the best song in my humble all-knowing opinion).
They are brilliantly perfectly putrid. And Deep Roy, in an additional
stroke of smarty-cakes, is CGI'd into every Oompa-Loompa we see
cavorting about - very well done indeed.
naturally Charlie (Highmore)
and Willy Wonka (Depp) steal the show.
Freddy is so cute-you-could-just-breed-if-you'd-have-one-of-him;
such a tremendous talent in a lad's frame. And Johnny Depp molds
Wonka into a bar of man, who is carrying a basket of phobias beneath
a well-groomed (albeit a tad askew with his super-mod bob-cut)
façade and a way of speaking that's so-out it's-funny.
"Willy" has an innocent yet razor-sharp wit, with a
heaping helping of spastic shenanigans, that keep you giggling
all the way through this world of wonder. Once again, the material
is purrfectly suited to the actor - Depp makes it look so easy
strange, yet likable, quirky yet cute.
you do or don't know the story, I really can't express strongly
enough that you must run ala Veruca to the theater to see
this (IMAX preferred for a pure Burton fix). If you are a Wonkaphile,
rest assured Mr. Dahl is up in the heavens elbowing Tolkien that
he can stop bragging about the grandeur of Peter Jackson's portrayal
of his tales on celluloid, and winking to C.S. Lewis that he hopes
his 'Narnia' fares as well in its studio's hands. Gene I love
ya - always will - but this version of Wonka is truly a delectable
scrumpdelicious rendition of perfection. The medium has
grown into a land where they now have the visual abilty to reflect
Dahl's galaxy of imagination a smidge more fancy-ish. Enjoy
recommendation: Wonka Cakes - available now at markets everywhere!
They're extra yummy - trust me.