This month we were very excited to review a film that we hadn’t seen before, and one that really appealed to us all. I’m sure you all know the story behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which includes golden tickets, unpleasant children, Oompa Loompas, glass elevators and, of course, lots of chocolate. Can’t think why it appealed to me…
This adaptation, directed by Tim Burton, is a PG certificate and it is suitable for both my children (although Faith is only allowed to watch it with adult supervision as there are some parts she finds a little scary!). Johnny Depp plays the weird and wonderful Willy Wonka and is absolutely brilliant in the role, as are all the other actors. The score by Danny Elfman is, as always, perfect for the film (I’m a music nerd and studied film music at uni!).
We all loved this film and it has already become a firm favourite in our house. Grace, in particular, would watch the film every day if she was allowed – and often tries to creep down in the morning to put it on before we get up! She laughs out loud at many parts of the film, especially the Oompa Loompa songs and dances and is quite intrigued by the unusual Willy Wonka.
Grace says: “I think this film is really good and I have watched it lots. I love Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas. I think the chocolate factory looks really yummy – but the part with the squirrels is a bit scary for my sister! I think everyone will really like this film.”
Faith’s favourite part is when the Grandad jumps out of bed and does a little dance when Charlie wins a golden ticket. She properly cracks up every time she sees it! I must try and video her reaction.
The film is also great for adults and is a brilliant choice for a Sunday family film afternoon. We would highly recommend it.
Disclosure: We were sent a free copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to review.