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Film review- Charlie and the chocolate factory Tim Burton's remake of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the chocolate factory" is a magical, uplifting film to capture the minds of all ages. Children will become engaged in the brightly coloured factory where elements of fantasy are realistically portrayed. However, the older viewers will notice a deeper, sinister view of Willy Wonka's miraculous world, with the contrasting darkness in the flamboyantly decorated rooms. These contrasts in colour may reveal a darker, lonely side to the cheerful, flamboyant Willy Wonka behind his wild imagination. John August adds extra narrative to the film, as shown in Willy Wonka's flashbacks of his past, which leads the viewers to believe that his loneliness is the result of a difficult relationship with his oppressive dentist father. The director of the film, Tim Burton, has directed many popular films throughout his career that depict a similar atmosphere, "Big Fish" and "Sleepy Hollow" are just two of his critically acclaimed films that conjures up a mysterious atmosphere. ...read more.


Houses are monotonously built in rows like the old-fashioned industrial northern towns of England. The overcastted sky, full of pollution, fills the lungs and drowns the pedestrians in sorrow. No children can be seen on the streets, just adults walking as fast as they can to the warmth of their houses, buttoned up to their necks with grey coats. Their hats clutching to their heads, sucking in the warmth yet their coldness is within. However, flash backs seen later in the film does not show this misery and gloom. It is filled with colour; children are happily playing with one another in the vivid high street- which is beaming with business. They are contently eating the sweets of Willy Wonka's creation. Charlie, on the other hand, does not live in a row of houses like the majority of the people in the town. He lives in a fallen down cottage situated right at the end of one of the rows, strangely isolated from the rest of the town. ...read more.


Johnny Depp plays the role of Mr Willy Wonka with great enthusiasm and is able to expose the loneliness of the character without loosing touch with the audience. Depp's ability to perceive a naïve personality, while wearing childish clothing and haircut, fit together to produce the strange yet slightly mysterious Willy Wonka. Another interesting role was played by Deep Roy, the annoyingly, only Oompa Loompa in the film. He was perfect for the part, not only for his height but also his skin tone as the Oompa Loompa's were from a tropical land. His hours of choreography and repetitive movements were disappointing and look as though they were easily done by a computer. Charlie and the chocolate factory is a happy film for all the family with a strong, positive moral which is slowly hammered into the heads of young children that their family should come first before luxuries. However, the two cultures of American society and that of the English collide greatly. The old-fashioned northern English town Jenni Springhall English Media Essay Mrs Davis ...read more.

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