Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Roald Dahl, John August
Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Noah Taylor, David Kelly, Missy Pyle, James Foxx, AnaSophia Rob / Deep Roy / Adam Godley / Francesca Tognell / Julia Winter / Jordan Fry / Philip Weigratz
Genre: Comedy / Adventure / Fantasy
Region: US / UK / Australia
Released: 2005-07-15 (USA)
Runtime: 115 minutes
Also known as: Chocolate Award Gatekeeper (Hong Kong) / Chocolate Adventure Factory (Taiwan)
Rating: IMDB 6.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 83%
Willie Wang Ka (Johnny Depp) is a great inventor and manufacturer of chocolate, who runs the world’s largest chocolate factory-Wangka Chocolate Factory. It was a mysterious factory with its gates locked tightly. In the past 15 years, no workers have ever been seen entering or exiting through the gate, but the rich aroma of chocolate can be smelled. The Wonka brand chocolates produced in the factory are sold all over the world and are loved by children.
One day, Mr. Willy Wonka posted a notice: He buried five gold coupons in the chocolates he produced. Whoever gets them will have the opportunity to visit the factory and get enough chocolate candies and other sweets for a lifetime. The children frantically snapped up the purchases, and finally five young customers became the lucky ones.
Among them is a young guest named Charlie (Freddie Highmore), whose family is very poor. After two failures, he found the last golden coupon, which opened the door of the chocolate factory for him.
The five children started their adventures in this magic factory, and what attracted them was not only the magical and magnificent world of chocolate making, but also Willie Wangka’s “mysterious gift”…
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The film is based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, and tells the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket who wins a tour of the mysterious and magical chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing over $475 million worldwide. It was praised for its imaginative visuals and production design, as well as Depp’s quirky and idiosyncratic performance as Wonka.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was also noted for its faithful adaptation of Dahl’s source material, although some critics felt that the film lacked the warmth and charm of the original 1971 film adaptation, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Despite the mixed reviews, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains a popular and influential film, particularly among younger audiences, who are drawn to its colorful and imaginative world. The film has also inspired a stage musical adaptation, which has been performed in various theaters around the world since 2013.