Can I just say that CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY may well turn out to be the best, and most fun, film of 2005. I haven't enjoyed a film so much, nor smiled so much, in a very long time. Johnny Depp is absolutely superb, Freddie Highmore (Charlie) once again shows he is one of the best child actors around (I first saw him in Finding Neverland last year, in which he excelled and impressed Depp so much he got Burton to cast him as Charlie) and performances by everyone else (Helena Bonham-Carter, Chistopher Lee, et al) were brilliant.
The sets was magical, the squirrels fantastic, the whole film - wonderful.
I just got home (well, I did end up in a pub for a bit too you know!) but felt compelled to let you all know you should go and watch it!
Not 100% sure how it would stand up on repeat performances as this first time was just so amazing. But I'm SO glad I went ot see it and will twist everyone's arm into doing so. So....what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go and book your tickets!!!!!