Thundercloud condensed into silver linings. Sunlight in liquid form. Milk from a giraffe. A Russian clown's bittersweet tears. These are only a few of the components used by Willy Wonka to manufacture chocolate. Paddington filmmaker Paul King's Genesis tale of the Roald Dahl character is visually stunning. It sounds like a chocolate bar breaking and feels like a chunk of the same melting on your tongue.

Wonka delves into the life of Willy Wonka, a character from Roald Dahl's classic novel charlie and the chocolate Factory before he founded the aforementioned chocolate factory. He's the new kid in town, and he's ready to create and sell chocolate like hotcakes, just like his late mother (played by the always charming Sally Hawkins) instructed him to. However, he is quickly penalized for 'daydreaming,' which is a punishable violation in the town.

He is then duped into overspending at Mrs. Scrubbit's (Olivia Colman's) guest home and is then placed into the service quarters to wash clothes for the next 27 years to settle his debt. Willy gets charged not just for the welcome drink, but also for warming himself near to a fireplace, using the mini-bar (of soap in his bathroom), the 'pillow penalty', and stair costs for every step he walks up to go to his room.

"The greedy beat the needy," says one orphan he encounters in the service quarters. It's just the way the world works." She is correct because crony capitalism extends to powerful businesspeople who stockpile chocolate and unlawfully monopolize its sale, in collusion not only with the police but also with the head priest, whose hands are greased with chocolate. The confession box serves as the concealed entrance to the underground chocolate warehouse underneath the cathedral.

Timothee Chalamet's Willy Wonka is not the quirky and powerful empire owner originally depicted by Gene Wilder in Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & The chocolate Factory (1971) or johnny depp in Tim Burton's charlie and the chocolate Factory (2005). Timothee instills heaps of energy, cartloads of optimism, and a continuous feeling of wide-eyed amazement in a young Wonka.

A specific zoo section, involving a giraffe named Abigail and flamingos that had just learned to fly, stands out as the pinnacle of the producers' bellyfire. Neil Hannon's original songs, especially the zoo one with the lyrics Noodle, poodle, and doodle, are incredibly hummable and addicting to tap your feet to.

All of these elements, along with an outstanding nasty portrayal by Paterson Joseph, make Wonka a welcome addition to the charlie and the chocolate Factory world. This new installment has the same richness and flavor as the previous one, but instead of being frozen, it has the fluidity and warmth of a steaming cup of hot chocolate.


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