of you living in a pop-culture cul-de-sac, Charlie And The Chocolate
Factory is the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket (Highmore, who
starred with Depp in Finding Neverland). Poor, starving and an
altogether good boy, Charlie lives with his family (parents and a bed
full of grandparents) in a skeletal shack. Looming over their town is a
monstrous and legendary chocolate factory run by an eccentric recluse
named Willy Wonka (Depp), who shut his doors to the public years ago...
yet the candy is still mysteriously manufactured. When Wonka announces a
contest that will allow only five children to enter the factory, Charlie
wants to win more than anything. Meanwhile, spoiled and bratty children
all over the world are finding the prized gold tickets in Wonka bars...
until there is only one left.
Careful choreography, colorful flashy lighting, elaborate sets and the usual Tim Burton stamps are all here.
But more than anything, Burton has captured the soul and the colorful characters of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. In fact, the entire experience is summed up perfectly by Charlie himself: "Candy doesn't have to have a point. That's why it's candy."