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Come Along the Chocolatey Journey in the New “Wonka” Movie

The “Wonka” movie release poster posted online and in theaters. (Credit: Wikipedia)

Many people know Willy Wonka as the man who created the chocolate factory with his magical candy. On Dec. 15, 2023, the new Wonka movie came out giving viewers another chocolate journey. I think every child wants to try his unusual candy, right? In this movie we can immerse ourselves in a magical atmosphere and find out how Willy Wonka creates his own factory with his famous candies that can make you fly 

This is the third movie of the Willy Wonka franchise. The first movie came out in 1971 and has the infamous name “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.One day Wonka creates five golden tickets that he put in five different chocolates and sold them to stores. The child that finds the ticket in their chocolate bar was able to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and try those special candies. This was the first movie of this story and 34 years later, the second movie was released along the same storyline. But of course, there were differences in these movies. However, the essence of the movie was not changed.

Finally, the third movie in this franchise is Wonka.” I was surprised that Willy Wonka in the new movie was like the character in the 1971 movie. At this time, the entire concept of the movie was completely changed. The new movie talks about how Willy Wonka created his candies and how he came to be. It’s a detailed backstory to his crazy life.  

The role of Willy Wonka is played by Timothèe Chalamet, and I was so happy to see him as Willy Wonka. Chalamet said thatWonka was his most challenging film yet. In the film we could see a lot of scenes with singing and dancing. Chalamet said, “I can’t say the singing and dancing comes easy. I’ve been around musical theater my whole life, and danced a little bit in high school, but this was on a different level. It’s different doing it on film. You’ve got to keep being in the center of the frame while dancing, you’ve got to rehearse for months, you’ve got to be on for every take—take 12 and all the other takes—and dance with professional dancers, who are icing their ankles. That’s how seriously they were taking it. So, it was a big challenge.” I really enjoyed the dance scenes and was so impressed by how Chalamet got into the role of a man who makes magic candies. I want to give special attention to the scene with the song “Pure Imagination.” I was delighted when this scene came out in the movie, and Chalamet sings this classic song beautifully.

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One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Wonka got out of the chocolate makers building after the Oompa-Loompa saved his life. My opinion supported Freshman Sofia Pyvovarova’s opinion, she said,My favorite moment in the movie when Wonka going outside after he almost drowning in chocolate, I can give 9/10 for this film. 

I also want to point out that Rowan Atkinson was also in the film, many people know him as Mr. Bean. I was so surprised to see him in the movie and it was so cool. There was another character that I want to emphasize, and that is the Oompa-Loompa. The little orange man looks so funny in the movie, and they were the same characters as in the 1971 Willy Wonka movie. Almost all the characters correspond to the first movie in this franchise. I really enjoyed the movie and if you are thinking about watching ”Wonka, I would say that you will not waste your time. 

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Nika Russu
Nika Russu, Staff Writer
Nika Russu is a freshman at Roswell and this is her first year as a staff writer for The Sting. When she's not writing, she enjoy's hanging out with friends, traveling to new places, drawing, and going to shopping.

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