The movie “Wonka” released on December 15, 2023 which won the number one spot for best film at the time that it was released. Of course, there have also been other previous releases of movies that have to do with Willy Wonka such as “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, but this new movie was different as it had a more modern touch while connecting with the previous versions of the Willy Wonka movies.
The movie “Wonka” is seen more as a prequel to the previous movies as it tells the story of how Willy Wonka became the chocolatier---which was also shown in the previous movies. Adored actor Timothee Chalamet portrays the character of Willy Wonka in the “Wonka” movie along with other cast members.
In this movie it starts off with Wonka arriving in a town where he hopes to begin his chocolate business, unfortunately was prevented from doing so by other chocolate companies. These other chocolate companies were also mentioned in the previous movies as competitors against Wonka. The twist in this movie shows that the competitors go as far as attempting to kill Wonka in order to assure that he doesn’t overtake them as they can see the potential in his company.
Upon Wonka's arrival to the town, he began selling his chocolate to the townspeople in order to get some input from money to begin his business. The people loved Wonka and his chocolate because it seemed to be something different that they had never tasted before. Leading to jealousy from the other chocolate companies.
Despite everyone being against him---including the police---he was able to work with friends that he met along the way to build his company without interference, building connections.
Overall, this movie portrayed so many aspects of Willy Wonka’s life such as his connections to his past with his mother who had passed away, while building his love for chocolate. As well as his future with his friends and building his chocolate factory to be more. This movie is a most definite potential to add on you 'To Watch' list!
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