A World of Pure Imagination

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is arguably the most generationally beloved movie to come out of the 70’s. It’s also Roald Dahl’s most famous movie adaptation. As children’s movie’s go, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one every child should see. I know I first watched the movie when I was very young. Since then I’ve seen the movie many times, including one time in school. We all know the story, mysterious chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka sends out 5 golden tickets to 5 lucky children via 5 bars of chocolate. The first act focuses on the entire world trying desperately to find the golden tickets. Even adults are desperate to find them (most of which is seen in short vignettes). Charlie Bucket is the main character. He’s a sweet poor kid who wants nothing more than to win a golden ticket. The first winner is Augustus Gloop, an obese kid from Germany. The second winner is Veruca Salt, a spoiled brat from England. The third winner is Violet Beauregarde, a snappy gum-chewer. The fourth winner is Mike Teavee, a TV obsessed know-it-all. And of course Charlie wins the fifth and final ticket, much to the delight of his Grandpa Joe. The second and third acts take place inside the factory…

The Chocolate Room

It’s there we meet the absolutely bonkers chocolatier/inventor Willy Wonka. Played flawlessly by the late Gene Wilder. He’s charming, he’s hilarious, he’s meme-worthy, he’s sarcastic, and possibly psychotic (what is up with that scary tunnel?). I think that’s why they renamed the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Since Willy Wonka is the biggest scene stealer. Along with his equally famous factory workers, the Oompa Loompas. Small orange creatures with green hair that often break into song. Another great part of the movie is the music. Songs like “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Pure Imagination,” or “I Want it Now” will forever be stuck in my head. Along with any of the four songs that the Oompa Loompas sing. It’s also very tastefully done. All the chocolate and candy is guaranteed to make you hungry. Some of which, like the “Everlasting Gobstopper,” is actually available in real life. The kids, as well as their parents, are also great. Especially the actress who plays Veruca. Probably the biggest brat in the history of cinema. There’s also a big emphasis on Wonka’s inventions. Which hold up pretty well considering the time it came out. Really the only person who doesn’t like the movie is the author himself. So much so that he forbid the filmmakers from adapting the book’s sequel. He just didn’t like the changes they made to the book and some of the casting. Despite Roald Dahl’s complaints, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is an absolute children’s classic that’s beloved by every generation. It’s scrumdiddlyumptious!

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination”

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