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(2005), PG [PG*] (1hr 47min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, The Zanuck Company, Plan B Entertainment
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Tim Burton
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Brenda Berrisford, Graham Burke, Liccy Dahl, Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey, Brad Grey, Patrick McCormick, Michael Siegel, Richard D. Zanuck
Written by: Book - Roald Dahl, Screenplay - John August
Cinematography/Camera: Philippe Rousselot
Music: Gardner DeAguiar, Danny Elfman, RaVani Flood, Manuel Ignacio, Jesse Shaternick
Film Editing: Chris Lebenzon
Casting: Susie Figgis
Production Design: Alex McDowell
Art Direction: Sean Haworth, James Lewis, Andy Nicholson, Kevin Phipps, Stuart Rose, Leslie Tomkins, François Audouy
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Willie Wonka started 20 years ago with a single store to sell his special formula chocolate. Soon, his never before or since tasted flavors took the candy world by storm. Willie built the largest chocolate factory in the world. Fifty times bigger than any other.
However, corporate spies and saboteurs did their nasty things and stole Willie's secret recipe. [Hab. 2:9] Soon, all other chocolate makers had that same "special" Willie monopolized for twenty-plus years. Willie shut down the largest chocolate factory in the world.
But one day, an ex-worker of Willie's noticed smoke creeping up out of the factory chimneys. Then posters were noticed about town. Willie restarted the factory and told the world of five special golden tickets hidden inside of five of the hundreds of thousands of chocolate bars now on store shelves.
Holders of the golden ticket would be the only ones in the world who had ever toured the Wonka Chocolate Factory. The announcement also told that one of the five golden ticket holders would get a special prize of fantastic value.
Battle s for possession of the golden tickets began. One father with a nut-shelling factory bought hundreds of thousands of chocolate bars and changed his hundreds of nut-shelling workers into candy unwrappers until one of the golden tickets was found for his ultra-spoiled daughter. Another holder found part of a ticket in his mouth.
The first ticket is found by Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz), a chubby German lad who is the picture of gluttony.
The second ticket finder is intensely spoiled and disrespectful Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), the daughter of the nut-shelling factory owner (James Fox) who bought hundreds of thousands of the Wonka bar just to find one ticket ... because his little girl d-e-m-a-n-d-e-d to have one.
The third ticket is found by extremely competitive Violet Beauregarde (Annasophia Robb) in a part most atypical of her history in Because of Winn-Dixie. Violet is so competitive she is offensive about it.
Finder of the fourth golden ticket is young Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry) who expresses aggressive hostility when playing killer video games ... and when doing just about anything.
The finder of the fifth and final golden ticket is, of course, young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland. Charlie is so poor that while waiting for sleep to come he can watch the night sky ... through missing boards in the roof. He lives in a shanty with his father (Noah Taylor), who screwed on toothpaste tube caps until replaced by automation, mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and both sets of grandparents (David Kelly, Liz Smith, David Morris, Eileen Essell). All lived on cabbage soup. And were thankful. Everyone was so unselfish one could almost hear Lassie barking from in front of a fireplace. Too bad the sense was given that such a personal character trait was a touch undesirable.
One candy bar a year was Charlie's birthday gift. Conveniently enough, Charlie's birthday fell the day before February 11, the day of the much touted tour of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. But, alas, Charlie's once-a-year chocolate bar had no golden ticket inside.
Later Grandpa Joe pulled out his life's savings, a shinny coin for Charlie to try again to find the last golden ticket. And as stories of poverty go, there was no ticket in that bar of chocolate either.
Not to worry. Charlie found a $10 bill in the snow. Instead of trying to find its rightful owner, Charlie immediately rushed to the nearest candy store that still had Wonka bars. Charlie bough his last lunge for the world-famous last ticket. And he got it! So valued was the last ticket that adults in the store tried to buy it from Charlie, for as much as $500!
Each holder of a ticket could bring one parent or guardian along on the tour of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. Charlie brought his paternal Grandpa Joe (David Kelly). Now starts the tour of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. And now ends my summary of the film.
There are some little straight pins in this couch. It is rated PG after all.
While there is only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, one is more than enough. But the use of foul language is not the the strongest cause of loss of points under Impudence/Hate. If it were not for Veruca and Violet the magnitude of the impudence demonstrated the film would not have lost more than two-thirds of the starting 100 points.
Action sequences and bizarre things happening to kids and parents and corporate espionage/theft stole some points under Wanton Violence/Crime.
But in a scene where hundreds of squirrels were shelling walnuts, Wonka made a locker room comment which was beyond any shadow of doubt intended to inject a bit of nasty in this kid's movie. While the comment garnered laughter from a couple boys of the middle school crowd in the audience, I didn't hear many parents laughing at it. [Eph. 5:4]
Only one instance of drinking alcoholic beverages might seem tame, but a study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse among underage kids, particularly the middle school crowd. [Eph. 5:18]
The entire film was free of any instances of the use of God's name in vain and murder/suicide. With a final score of 81, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory earned its place on the high side of the range of scores by PG films (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
And thanks go to the hundreds of Oompa Loompas for their fine unoffensive performances. All one of the Oompa Loompas -- Deep Roy who was digitally multiplied. The Oompa Loompas were little people transplanted from the jungles to work at Wonka's chocolate factory because of Wonka's promise that they could have as much of their rare and worshipped cacao bean they wanted.
I may do a comparative of this film with Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory of 1971. Having seen it, I expect it to earn near the same score as this 2005 version. If we can afford to do so. I still have to pay for the transportation to get it. And the food, housing, electricity, insurance, medical /prescription/dental, school expenses, clothing, ...
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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