FW MOVIE PICK: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

<em>Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures</em>

This usually the adaptation of the classic tale fans usually prefer despite hardly sticking to its source material (which Roald Dahl decided against). Needless to say this beloved more is timeless. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with four other children from around the world. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka will forever be the best version of the character thanks to his bizarre performance. Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket is depicted as a kind-hearted, nice, selfless, sweet, brave, but poor boy that lives with his mother and four bedridden grandparents. He is lovable and the best version. Julie Dawn Cole as Veruca Salt is a greedy, demanding, manipulative and stingy brat. She demands every single thing she wants (and more), the second person to find a Golden Ticket, the third eliminated from the tour. She is annoying and I love it. Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde the third child to find a Golden Ticket, the second to be ejected from the tour. She is the vain, self-centered, snobby, and gum-obsessed child. She is quite a brat and works well. Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee a boy that does nothing but watch television, is the fourth Golden Ticket finder, the last removed on-tour. He is bad-tempered, slothful but also intelligent. I like this no good kid. Michael Bollner as Augustus Gloop is an obese, greedy, gluttonous boy, the first person to find a Golden Ticket. He embodies the character perfectly, but not much. The movie is also filled with timeless songs such as “Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination” that will always stay in your hearts forever. The Oompa-Loompas are wonderful! A worthy recommendation!

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