There is no mistaking Tim Burton's rendition of Roald Dahl's book for the Gene Wilder vehicle of the early 1970s. The Oompah-Loompahs have rhythm, the narrative is cohesive, and Wonka (Johnny Depp) is just plain chocolate-covered crazy. And all three are great reasons to see it.
The story is familiar to movie buffs and Dahl fans alike: a poor boy, against all odds finds a coveted "Wonka Golden Ticket," which wins him a seat alongside an assortment of bad mannered caricatures for a tour of Wonka's mysterious "chocolate factory." Add to this a bevy of beloved Burton trademarks -- over-the-top characters, oddly gothic machinery, improbable sets -- and you've almost got the setting for a neo-classic. But you're still missing Willy.
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