Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory

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Those of us who will admit that we watched the 1971 film, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, will enjoy the Tim Burton remake entitled, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The life of a poor boy named Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) changes when he finds a gold ticket in a chocolate bar. Charlie wins a tour, along with 4 other kids, to see the amazing giant Wonka Chocolate factory lead by the eccentric Willie Wonka (Johnny Depp) and his staff of Oompa-Loompas. (Don’t you like the way your mouth moves when you say Oompa-Loompas?) The five kids and each of their parents are treated to rivers of chocolate, rooms full of candy and the singing and dancing of the Oompa-Loompas. Four of the children disqualify themselves through inappropriate behaviors like trying to steal a squirrel, eat a river of chocolate, and refusing to follow directions. Soon Charlie is the only one who manages to finish the tour. Unlike the original Willie Wonka version, this film has one Oompa-Loompa that is computer generated several dozen times, cynical humor, and bizarre scenery. There is enough action to keep the film moving at a fairly fast pace and the performance by Freddie Highmore is fantastic. In fact, his acting was even better then the Oompa-Loompas. (I love to say that.) The movie is a little dark and dreary so you may want to keep the young children at home. In one scene, Wonka wore a pink coat and I heard people remarking that he resembled Michael Jackson. I thought he sounded like Michael Jackson and he gives kids a tour of his home. Hmmmmm… Do I need to say more? This is a magical film for the kids and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.