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Sunday, June 4

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U.S./U.K., 2005
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl
Approx. 115 min. 35mm.

“Tim Burton’s imaginative masterpiece, adapted from the 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl but characterized by Burton’s special feeling for color, architecture, and nightmarish dislocation. This schematic fable of five children invited to tour a mysterious candy factory is well served by the surrealistic design, Johnny Depp’s mannerist performance as the androgynous chocolate tycoon Willy Wonka, and the deft digital wizardry that multiplies actor Deep Roy into the entire workforce of the Wonka factory, performing crazed production numbers. (Among the key cinematic sources here are the ice cream factory in the Eddie Cantor musical KID MILLIONS and the equally hyperbolic THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T) There’s a streak of moralism, but it never becomes as sticky as the candy because the invention never flags.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader


“Mr. Burton's movie succeeds in doing what far too few films aimed primarily at children even know how to attempt anymore, which is to feed — even to glut — the youthful appetite for aesthetic surprise.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Like Dahl’s book, the film stresses the importance of family over personal ambition, love over selfish desire.”
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