Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, James
Foxx, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor
Family, Adventure, Comedy
Burton wanted this Charlie to be
strictly by the book Roald Dahl's classic children's
book, that is. We meet Charlie Bucket (Freddie
Highmore), a young boy, who despite living
in deep poverty with his parents (Helena
Bonham Carter and Noah Taylor) and both pair
of grandparents has a very positive outlook on life.
His biggest dream is to meet famed chocolatetier
Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp)
and go inside his great chocolate factory, a voluminous
structure that looms over Charlie's little town.
Even though great quantities of chocolate are still
being made and shipped all over the world, it's
shrouded in mystery. No one has either gone in or
come out of the factory in 15 years. But that's
all about to change. Wonka announces he'll invite
five lucky children to his factory to get "all
of its secrets and magic" by hiding
five golden tickets inside his chocolate bars. The
ones who find the tickets get to come. And as luck
would have it, Charlie finds the last golden ticket.
Taking his Grandpa Joe (David
Kelly) along with him, Charlie is dazzled
by one amazing sight after another, Oompa Loompas
and all, as he tries to warm up to the enigmatic
Wonka. The others turn out to be a rotten bunch
of gluttonous, spoiled, competitive, know it all
children, whose greedy personalities lead them into
all kinds of trouble. That leaves only the sweet
Charlie, who wins the absolute grandest prize of
all: the keys to the factory itself. But will he
abandon his family for all that chocolaty fame?
Not a chance.