It's every child's dream to visit a chocolate factory and when the place in question is the amazing Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, excitement reaches fever pitch - as five lucky golden ticket holders win a tour of the wonderful site.
It's 53 years since Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but the wit is as sharp and as relevant today as it was back in 1964. The book has been transferred to the big screen twice - first in 1971, when it starred Gene Wilder as the elusive factory owner and again in 2005, when it starred Johnny Depp.
The plot revolves around a contest announced by Willy Wonka, who has hidden five golden tickets in bars of chocolate around the world. The prizes are a tour of his factory and a lifetime's supply of chocolate, with an unknown grand prize for one lucky winner.
Four of the tickets are won by a selection of awful children: greedy Augustus Gloop from Düsseldorf, spoiled Veruca Salt from Buckinghamshire, arrogant Mike Teavee from Denver and boastful Violet Beauregarde from Atlanta. One ticket hasn't been found… and it could be anywhere in the world!
Played by Freddie Highmore, Charlie Bucket is an honest, kind and loving boy, who lives in poverty with his family. His father is the main breadwinner but has just lost his factory job after a machine replaced him! Charlie would love to win a golden ticket - and his dream miraculously comes true when he finds one in a bar of chocolate purchased with a few pence he found in the street. He and his grandpa go to the factory with the other winning kids and their loud, overbearing families.
As the tour around the factory unfolds, the party is greeted by an amazing array of equipment operated by the small orange Oompa-Loompas. The four unpleasant children give in to temptation and start stealing the sweets - a horrible fate awaits them!
After trying an experimental chewing gum, Violet bloats up and turns blue, while Augustus tumbles into a river of chocolate and is sucked up a giant pipe, arriving at the fudge processing centre! Mike is poking his nose into Wonka's latest invention for TV advertising - a machine that can shrink things - and suddenly finds himself only a few inches tall. Meanwhile, Veruca ends up in the nut processing plant and is thrown away by the trained squirrels on the production line, who sort her out as a "bad nut".
Charlie doesn't do anything wrong. He enjoys the tour and doesn't try to steal anything, so he is spared from the horrible fate that befell the other children. Really, it's a great moral tale! Charlie and his grandpa carry on following Wonka around the factory to complete the tour, thus winning the special grand prize that would change their life.
With its glorious technicolour shots of sweets and candies of every variety and some pretty amazing factory machinery, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a wonderful film for adults and children alike - although, if this was a factory in the real world, it would probably have been shut down by now because of its complete lack of health and safety procedures!
Visitors falling into vats of chocolate and being sucked into the industrial machinery would be very serious accidents (even though they all survived in the film) and the factory would be closed for investigation.
Perhaps even more shocking is the fact the factory owner, Wonka, who is responsible for the visitors' safety, has absolutely no idea where they are, not even realising four of the kids have suffered horrible accidents throughout the tour!
This is apparent when he turns around to talk to everyone and he suddenly realises that only Charlie and his grandpa are left! A look of total horror and surprise passes across Wonka's face, as he says, bewildered, "What happened to the others?"
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