Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (UK/ USA, 2005)
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter
The sad death of Gene Wilder earlier this year saw not only an outpouring of tributes but a re-examination of his work. The cult status of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Wilder's performance therein, has swelled over the the last 45 years to the point where the film has become a lynchpin among classic children's films, like Mary Poppins before it. For some people, Wilder will always be Willy Wonka, and no-one could ever hope to equal him, let along exceed him.
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