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Charlie & the Chocolate Factory back to product details

Such a misguided mistake
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written by mason July 18, 2006 - 11:43 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
As perhaps a counterpoint to the previous review, I have to say that almost every decision made by Burton, Depp, and the rest of the cast and crew was a mistake -- most of all the decision to remake this movie without a clear goal in sight. Instead, we get Burton directing as if he didn't have any idea of what he was trying to say; a script that leaves Charlie "winning" only because each of the other kids loses, and not through any action of his own; Depp putting a lot of effort into a seriously misguided character decision; and song & dance routines that could hardly have been more embarrassing. It's difficult to enumerate this film's problems -- if you're a fan of both the books and the original movie it may be worth watching out of simple curiosity (I found it perversely fascinating), but consider this your warning.

A Near-Perfect Confection
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written by talltale December 13, 2005 - 5:53 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The most all-out enjoyable, not-a-dull-moment movie of the year so far, CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is another Tim Burton wonder. Here is everything from Busby Berkeley to psychiatry, dentistry, family, candy, color and good guys getting their fair share. All imagined to a fare-thee-well by Burton, with his usual dark overlay that masks a mind and heart of enormous proportions. Star Depp is as delightful as ever, and his entire supporting cast keeps pace. This is what movie theatres--and wide-screen TVs--were made for!

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