Wonka Film Review
Based on the extraordinary character at the centre of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, Wonka is a prequel film by Warner Bros An origin story that explores the vivid, mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he became the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate. Wonka will go up against the “Chocolate Cartel” and take the world by chaotic storm with his imaginative candy ideas. The film will also touch upon his relationship with his mother, and his friendship with a young ompah.
‘Wonka’ tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today… This irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time — proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.
Performance wise Timothée Chalamet leads a star-studded cast, he inherits the part of the titular eccentric inventor from Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. The actor plays Wonka with wonderful effortlessness, he drips charisma and has a wonderful confidence. He gives a remarkable performance and is funny and mischievous and quite mysterious, as well — just like the Willy Wonka that people will know — but also, he brings such heart to the role and he’s a brilliant actor.
The supporting actors we have Olivia Colman’s Mrs. Scrubbitt and her disgusting yellow teeth steal every scene they’re in, and the predatory landlady’s romantic entanglements with her enforcer, Mr. Bleacher (Tom Davis), provide the movie’s biggest laughs. Rowan Atkinson stops by to play a chocoholic priest, with each of his scenes serving as miniature showcases for his legendary physical comedy, which is always appreciated
Hugh Grant as a tiny, green-haired Oompa Loompa is fabulous in his limited role; Olivia Colman as a Cockney-accented innkeeper. Newcomer Calah Lane stars as a girl named Noodle, is great also as a loyal ally to Willy. The rest of the supporting cast are fine additions to this great family film.
Direction wise we get a warm, wonderful and weird. Neil Hannon’s songs are ace. Wonka is A charming, heartfelt and pretty spectacular musical that is a loving tribute to the 71 original.