Willy Wonka wows, but critics less impressed by Mendes musical

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Director Sam Mendes arrives for the royal world premiere of the new 007 film "Skyfall" at the Royal Albert Hall in LondonLONDON (Reuters) – Director Sam Mendes earned grudging critical acclaim for a stage musical of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" but was always going to struggle in comparison to much-loved past productions of Roald Dahl's work. The glitzy new staging of Dahl's children's novel, which opened in London on Tuesday, battles universal acclaim for an earlier production of his "Matilda", Gene Wilder's whimsical Willy Wonka in the 1971 film and Johnny Depp's turn in 2005 – not to mention the audience's memories of the book. …