Thirty years after its original release,
Warner Bros. is once again treating families with the hugely
popular sugar coated Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.
Based on Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
this musical confection proves that one does not necessarily
outgrow a sweet tooth.
Our hero Charlie (Peter Ostrum) comes
from a home filled with love but little else. While hard-working
Mom does laundry for a living, her scanty wage barely supports
Charlie and his two sets of bed-ridden grandparents. Faced
with having cabbage water yet again for dinner, all are astounded
when the young boy brings home a loaf of bread--a perk, complements
of his meager paper route.
Charlie's humble world is changed upon
learning that local candy-maker Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder)
is giving away a lifetime supply of chocolate, complete with
a tour of his mysterious factory, to five lucky children and
their escorts. In order to qualify for passage into candy
paradise, Charlie must find one of the winning golden tickets
hidden in Wonka products scattered throughout the world. But
his dream fades as other contenders, each with their own behavioral
neurosis, use greater financial means and influence to gobble
up the elusive tickets--until fate lends a hand.
Industrial espionage presents itself when
an ominous stranger asks Charlie to smuggle an Everlasting
Gobstopper (is there any other kind?). The reward: financial
security and comfort for his family. With their character
and honesty soon to be tested, and each wondering if they
have bitten off more than they can chew, Charlie, his Grandpa
and the rest of the contestants embark on the incredible expedition
where just desserts are on the menu.
Youngsters may temporarily come down from
their sugar highs during some very brief nightmarish scenes
during a boat ride, or feel some concern (despite Mr. Wonka's
reassurances) when children's disobedience results in some
Yet the story serves up some powerful
morals, so indulge your taste buds and have a second helping
of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory's timeless tantalizing