The casting for this film was genius. Those kids really looked exactly like I imagined their characters from the book and they were good actors too. Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka was priceless, but he still creeps me out. Seriously. How can he be so beautiful and so creepy at the same time? I love him. The oompa loompa(s) rocked, so much. I adored him(them).
The style of this film was amazingly unique, glamourous and just fantastic to look at. From the make-up, to the costuming, to the sets, to the most brilliant music ever. It was all of the highest quality. I could go on for hours about how much detail and beauty was in every single element, but let me just say - I was transfixed a lot of the time.
The additions made to the original Roald Dahl story for the film were interesting, and I think they worked well in the narrative - much better than those which were made for the 1971 version. That whole Wonka father subplot reminded me of the Philip Larkin poem that begins "They f**k you up, your mum and dad/They may not mean to, but they do"... but then all characters affected adversely by their parents do. What is with the current prevalence to portray bad parenting? Bad fathers, bad mothers... anyone would think no-one escapes from their young family life without becoming psychotic. Of course, in this film this was very well balanced by Charlie's loving family and his insistence on staying with them.
All in all, I liked it, so much. Tim Burton really is an evil genius.