Let me start off by saying that the original version of this movie starring Gene Wilder is one of my favorite movies from childhood. I still enjoy watching that version, even today. But from the perspective of today's youth that version is understandably going to seem dated and hokey. It screams 70's. So I understand the reasoning behind Tim Burton's update just recently released on DVD. I thought this version was entertaining in its dark humor and psychadelic setting. I'm a huge Johnny Depp fan so I loved his take on the character of Willy Wonka. He took that character and made it very much his own. Very Johnny.
However, I think I still prefer Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka better. Gene Wilder's WW was eccentric. Johnny's is just plain weird (goofy, I might say). Either way, this version will probably become a classic for today's generation. And it's a welcome change from all that fluffiness in most children's movies today.