Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: An Acid Reflection on Man and Society [critique]

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Charlie and the chocolate factory
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The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel by Tim Burton returns to TV tonight.

Charlie and the chocolate factory, realized by Tim burton, is the second adaptation of the famous eponymous youth novel, after that of 1971. Released in French theaters on July 13, 2005, it is rebroadcast this evening at 9:05 pm on TF1. Rediscover here the criticism that Fluctuat (partner of Première at the time) had made a feature film including Johnny depp played the role of Willy Wonka:

After Big fish, Tim Burton continues in the same vein. Less dark, more joyful and light than his other achievements, Charlie and the chocolate factory offers a ride rich in visual sensations and fun of all kinds. But behind this colorful fable in which good and bad children rub shoulders, there is an acidic reflection on man and on society.

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But who runs Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, whose gates do not let anyone in or out? Everyone would like to know, and in particular perhaps little Charlie whose upturned nose can not help but capture the succulent sweet aromas that escape the establishment. When the mysterious Willy Wonka hides five golden tickets in his chocolate bars, Charlie like all the kids on Earth dreams of finding one. It must be said that the reward is enough to make your mouth water: the five children will be able to visit the chocolate factory and will win a batch of chocolate which will allow them to gorge themselves for many years. But who will have this privilege? A plague of the high, a Germanic glutton, a combat video game addict, a follower of all kinds of records, and … the quiet little Charlie. We wonder who will win the jackpot …

After James and the giant peach and a first version of Charlie and the chocolate factory signed Mel Stuart in 1971, the novelist Roald dahl is again transposed to the big screen. At the helm, Tim Burton continues the momentum of Big Fish by reducing its share of darkness in favor of a lightness and a well-balanced humor. The darker side of the film is doubtless the character of Willy Wonka, played by Johnny Depp.

Complex and ambiguous, flirting with cynicism and sinister as much as with childish candor, alternately ogre or Santa Claus, he occupies a central place in the scenario, constituting the stake that will tilt the whole towards the shadows. or light. It is he who causes the successive disappearances of the children, which could take on nightmare accents but are counterbalanced by a treatment which plays the mockery: not politically correct, the story satisfies the low instincts of the spectator delighted with the punishment inflicted on them. unbearable characters, and Burton makes these episodes acceptable by immediately commenting on them with humor through the sung sequences of the little Oompa-lompas.

Edward in the Silver Hands had a part of desperation, The Sleepy Hollow titillated anxieties, Ed wood conveyed a sadness, Batman plunged into the dark … Resolutely less gloomy in the end than the other achievements of Burton, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory appears as a visually creative work, whose bright colors are only nuanced by the depth of certain purples or purples, that never slide too far into the dark. Less pessimistic since he was a dad, Tim Burton? Who knows … But Burton being who he is, he doesn’t fall into the opposite excess either. Although indicated for children, his film is also suitable for adults because it avoids silliness like the big puppet, preferring to position itself on the register of the whimsical and the unusual. True to himself, the director multiplies, for example, the bizarre and eccentric characters with Willy Wonka in the front line.

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A bizarre in this imaginative case, but which sometimes also arises from stereotypes taken to the extreme, as with the four monstrous children who visit the chocolate factory accompanied by their parents no more recommendable. Another way to play with clichés: little Charlie, the archetype of the poor angel full of good feelings who instantly tenderizes, is surrounded by a wacky family where the grandparents are all in the same bed and completely out of place, one doing tap dancing when the other swears.

Funny then, but never heavy, the film is based on an intelligent scenario enhanced by a pinch of acidity. Incisive, Burton takes a look of tasty irony on certain features of our society. The marketing of Operation Wonka, the hold of its chocolate factory on the world market, the greed provoked by its game, the lure of profit which points, the excesses of the consumer society, the outrageous individualism, the king money, etc., all of this is underlying. In the guise of a nice and colorful stroll, the film denounces behaviors and ways of thinking through a gallery of characters and tough situations. Less gloomy, of course, but still critical and unconventional, in a humorous register quite close to that of Mars Attacks!, between frank laughter and lucid appreciations, Tim Burton offers us a visit in good humor to a chocolate factory with surprisingly tangy pralines.

Charlie and the chocolate factory. A film by Tim Burton (2005). Duration: 1h56. With Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Annasophia Robb …


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