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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Movie About a Nice Boy, Who Didn't Finish Last

Updated on February 12, 2013

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a film that truly upholds family values and rewards unselfishness.

Charlie and Chocolate Factory, based on a book by Roald Dahl is one of Tim Burton's greatest film creations.
Charlie and Chocolate Factory, based on a book by Roald Dahl is one of Tim Burton's greatest film creations.
Charlie, who is given his wish of finding the last golden ticket. Is also the winner because of his unselfish behavior.
Charlie, who is given his wish of finding the last golden ticket. Is also the winner because of his unselfish behavior.
Johnny Depp is fantastic as the amazing Willie Wonka.
Johnny Depp is fantastic as the amazing Willie Wonka.
The whole Oompa Loompa tribe are played by Deep Roy, who through the use of camera tricks is one man doing multiple roles.
The whole Oompa Loompa tribe are played by Deep Roy, who through the use of camera tricks is one man doing multiple roles.

We have all heard the familiar saying, “nice guys finish last.” That is not the case in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the Roald Dahl book by the same title. Charlie Bucket is a model child; unfortunately in today’s world we don’t have very many Charlies. Our world has many Augustus Gloops, Violet Beauregardes, Veruca Salts, and last, but not the least, many nasty Mike Teavees. In a world full of rude and selfish children, a boy like, Charlie Bucket is like a breath of fresh air. Charlie is thoughtful, hardworking, loving, and very devoted to his family. Charlie truly knows how to sacrifice. He is willing to put the good of others ahead of his own personal happiness.

The movie begins with a look at Charlie (played by Freddie Highmore) and his family. Charlie is poor, and his parents live in a small dilapidated house. He also lives with his grandparents and they all share one bed. Charlie, being wise, always listens to elders, and is very obedient. Like all Cinderella stories, Charlie is given a once in a lifetime opportunity. Willy Wonka, (played by Johnny Depp) for whom Charlie’s Grandpa Joe (played by David Kelly) once worked for, has decided to allow five children into his majestic and magnificent chocolate factory. In five ordinary Wonka bars, there are five golden tickets. Being a once in a lifetime event, the world goes wild. Charlie, despite being a poor boy, hopes that maybe he to can have a chance to go to this wonderful factory.

One by one the tickets are claimed. First by a gluttonous boy, named Augustus Goop (played by Philip Wiegratz), who accidentally, almost ate his golden ticket. Then there’s the overly indulged, spoiled girl, Veruca Salt (played by Julia Winter). Then there comes, the obnoxiously competitive Violet Beauregarde (played by Anna Sophia Robb). Last and also nastiest of all is Mike Teavee (played by Jordan Fry), who doesn’t even like chocolate, but figured out a way to outsmart the system. Charlie is hopeless, since four tickets are already claimed, and the fifth one is said to be won by a boy in Russia. It turns out that ticket was a forgery.

Charlie suddenly finds money on sidewalk and decides to buy a Wonka bar, simply for the pleasure of having some chocolate. Charlie then discovers that he is the holder of the fifth golden ticket. The store patrons go wild and they offer Charlie a bike, and money. The store keeper (played by Oscar James), being a wise man tells Charlie to go home, and to not let anyone have his precious find.

Charlie’s family is very happy for Charlie, but Charlie, being the unselfish lad that he is, decides that maybe it is best to just sell the ticket for the highest bidder, since they were poor and needed the money. Grandpa George (played by David Morris), being a very wise man, tells Charlie “There’s plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket, there's only five of them in the whole world, and that's all there's ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy?” Charlie agrees with Grandpa George, and with Grandpa Joe out of bed and full of life, the family decides that Grandpa Joe, will be the one to accompany Charlie.

The big day begins and Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Augustus Gloop, Mrs. Gloop (played by Franziska Troegner) , Veruca Salt, Mr. Salt (played by James Fox), Violet Beauregarde, Mrs. Beauregarde (played by Missi Pyle), Mike Teavee, and Mr. Teavee (played by Adam Godley) are all lined up at the gates and ready to meet the great master of chocolate, Mr. Willy Wonka.

Willy, who is very wise and kind of snide, tells his visitors that there is a lot to see and that they must make haste. He already had each child figured out, and even though it looks accidental, he may have set up a test for each one of the children, to see if he or she is worthy of receiving the great prize, he has reserved for only the least rotten of them.

They first enter a beautiful meadow, with a chocolate waterfall, candy grass, trees with candy apples, and every type of edible marvel imaginable. At this point he introduces his guest to his workers, also known as Oompa Loompas (played by Deep Roy), whose favorite food is chocolate and work diligently in exchange for cocoa beans. While he is telling his tale, Augustus, being the glutton that he is ,decides to drink from the chocolate lake. Augustus, who is not supposed to do this, falls in and can’t swim. He is absorbed through a plastic pipe that leads to the fudge room. After which the Oompa Loompas sing a song in honor of Augustus, and he is eliminated from the competition. They then ride on a ship upon the chocolate waters to the special rooms in the factory. The other children are rude to Mr. Wonka, with the exception of Charlie, who asks him about his childhood. Willy has a flashback and remembers that his own father, a famous dentist would not allow him to eat candy.

They arrive at the testing room. There Mr. Wonka tells them about how one of his candies can make one grow a new crop of hair. Then comes the test, Willie decided to test Violet with a very unique type of gum. Despite Willie’s advice she keeps on chewing. Then suddenly, Violet starts to turn blue and expand. She becomes a huge blueberry, and has to be taken to the juicing room. Violet is now eliminated from the competition. Willy takes the rest of his guests on a glass elevator to his next room.

They arrive to the room where nuts are sorted. Willy uses trained squirrels to do his sorting. Veruca, being the spoiled girl that she is, wants one of the squirrels for a pet. Willie tells Mr. Salt that they are not for sale. Veruca won’t take no for an answer and goes into the sorting area. When she grabs hold of one of the squirrels, she is attacked by the squirrels. She is, after a musical number by the Oompa Loompas, thrown into the garbage shoot. Mr. Salt goes into the sorting area to rescue his daughter, and is also sent to the garbage shoot. Veruca is eliminated from the competition. Willie boards the elevator with his remaining four guests.

They are riding the elevator, and Mike Teavee is more obnoxious than ever. He says that he thinks candy is a waste of time. This causes Mr. Wonka to have an unpleasant flashback. He remembers the day his father threw him out of the house for wanting to be a chocolateir. He then lets Mike choose the room. Mike being addicted to TV chooses the television room. In this room there is a machine that can transport a large bar, directly into a television. What makes this invention special is that you can actually reach into the television set and take the candy bar out, with one difference; the bar is much smaller after making its journey to the TV. Mike Teavee, being the snide know it all that he is, wants to be transported like the chocolate bar before him. Against Mr. Wonka’s objections, he runs towards the transporter and is transported to the television set. Mike might have been smart, but he forgot that in the process, the object that was transported got a lot smaller on its journey to the TV set. Mike is now the size of a hand puppet. Willy has him taken to the taffy puller, and Mike is eliminated from the competition.

Mr. Wonka realizes that only Charlie is left, which one could guess, was exactly what he had hoped. He takes Charlie and his Grandpa Joe home in his glass elevator. During the ride Charlie and Grandpa Joe realize that Willie may be a tad unbalanced. On the way home they get a glimpse of all the other children, who have failed because of their own destructive habits. Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Mr. Wonka are now on their way to Charlie’s home.

They all arrive at Charlie’s dilapidated house; Charlie’s parents are waiting for him. The glass elevator crashes through their roof. The whole family finally get to meet Mr. Wonka, who tells them that Charlie is to receive his factory and be his heir. Charlie is excited, but there is one problem. Willie, because of his falling out with his own father, is parent phobic and doesn’t want Charlie’s family to come with him. Charlie, who adores his family, turns Mr. Wonka down. Mr. Wonka leaves the Bucket household alone a bewildered by Charlie’s unselfishness.

Life starts to change for the better for the Bucket Family; Charlie’s father gets a better job at the toothpaste factory, where he worked repairing the machine that had replaced him. With an active Grandpa Joe, they manage to fix the hole in roof. They enjoy a more prosperous life and are happy to have one another. Willie, on the other hand, is a different story. His business is starting to fail and can’t seem to figure out why. Until he realizes that the loss of Charlie makes him feel bad and that reflects on his ability to create great candy.

Charlie, being the hard worker that he is, is out shining shoes. He shines Mr. Wonka’s shoes and is asked several questions. To which Charlie responds that he thought that Willie was great at first but then turned out not to be a very nice guy, then he adds that he also has a funny haircut. Willie, revealing himself, asks Charlie why it’s so important that he have his family with him. Charlie simply tells him that a family cares, and gives guidance and valuable advice, to protect their children. Willie then answers, by saying, who shall I ask my father? Charlie offers to go with him if he is willing to see his father. Willie is excited and agrees to go see his father with Charlie.

Willie arrives at his fathers practice and home, he is nervous. He enters and his father, not knowing who he is, checks his teeth, and realizes it is his long lost son Willie. Father and son are finally reunited after a long time apart. Willie again offers Charlie his chocolate factory. Charlie accepts but under one condition.

In the last scene we see Willie and Charlie arriving to the Bucket’s home after a day of brainstorming in the factory. Willie is very cordial with Charlie’s family. We then see that the Bucket’s home has been transported into the factory. One of the Oompa Loompas end the story, by saying "life was never sweeter, and at the end Charlie got a factory and Willie got something even better, a family."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a wonderful story for teaching children the value of being caring, unselfish, and truly being devoted to their family. It is a movie for the whole family. It is supremely well acted. Johnny Depp is sensational as Willie Wonka. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of Tim Burton’s greatest movie making triumphs. It is rare these days, to find a movie that upholds family values, not to mention the value of unselfishness. It brings to light the need to be faithful and to honor one’s parents and how parents are valuable in a child’s life.

Author Roald Dahl has written many other children’s books, which include Charlie and the Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, Dirty Beasts, Fantastic Mr. Fox, George’s Marvelous Medicine, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, My Uncle Oswald, and Someone Like You , as well as other stories that have delighted children for several generations. Several of Roald Dahl masterpieces have become movies. Most noteworthy are Charlie and Chocolate Factory and Matilda. If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating author, here is a link for your convenience.

Movie maker Tim Burton, who directed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is also well known for his other movie masterpieces. His best known movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie, and Mars Attack. Tim Burton is a master of animation, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of Burtons’ greatest movie creations. If you want to know more about Tim Burton, here is a link for your convenience.

If you are looking for a great film for the whole family, I highly recommend, Tim Burton’s movie masterpiece, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This movie sets a great character example for your children, while being totally entertaining. The movie is also a delight to the senses, it is so vivid, a visual masterpiece. If you would like to know more, about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, here is the link for your convenience.


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