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Wonka is an 2023 fantasy musical film directed by Paul King from a screenplay written by Simon Farnaby and King. It was released on 8 December in the United Kingdom and 15 December in the United States.

Plot[]

Willy Wonka, an aspiring magician, inventor, and chocolatier, arrives in Europe to establish his chocolate shop at the Galeries Gourmet. Burning through his meager savings, he is coerced to stay at Mrs. Scrubitt's boardinghouse by her henchman Bleacher and, despite orphan Noodle's warning about the fine print, signs a contract because he is illiterate. To pay them off, Wonka introduces "hoverchocs", chocolates that make people fly, facing mockery from three rival chocolatiers who call the Chief of Police to confiscate his earnings for selling without a chocolate store.

Unable to pay the exorbitant fees imposed on him by the contract, Wonka is captured and starts to work in a launderette for Mrs. Scrubitt alongside five other captives, including Noodle. Learning of a "Chocolate Cartel" consisting of the rival chocolatiers, who exploit the Chief's weakness for chocolate to force Wonka to leave town, Wonka makes his escape with the help of Noodle; while he promises her a lifetime supply of chocolates, she promises to teach him how to read. Wonka tells Noodle that his affinity for chocolate stems from his late mother, and mentions the theft of his chocolates by an enigmatic orange man who has been stealing them for years. To produce his signature chocolate, Wonka and Noodle travel to the local zoo, milking Abigail the giraffe. Together with other laundrette workers, they embark on a chocolate selling crusade to alleviate their debts while using tunnels underneath the city to evade Scrubitt and the Chief. Unmasking an Oompa Loompa named Lofty as the thief, Wonka discovers that the Oompa Loompa seeks retribution for the cocoa beans Wonka took from Loompaland years ago under Lofty's watch, before he escapes by duping Wonka.

Using the funds raised from selling chocolates, the captives open Wonka's dream chocolate store. The Chief and the Chocolate Cartel, now unable to arrest him since he has a legitimate shop, expose him to Scrubitt. Infusing his chocolates with Yeti sweat, Scrubitt incites chaos among the customers, leading to the destruction of Wonka's store. Wonka agrees to the Cartel's offer to leave town by ship to pay off everyone's debts. All of the workers are released from the launderette except Noodle; Cartel leader Slugworth pays Scrubitt to keep her there indefinitely. Wonka deduces that Noodle is Slugworth's niece, before he and Lofty are forced to jump off the boat that has been rigged to explode. After rescuing Noodle with the help of the group, they devise a strategy to obtain the Cartel's incriminating account book.

Taking advantage of Abigail's distraction, Wonka and Noodle infiltrate the Cartel's base. They are confronted by the Cartel, who reveal that Noodle, who was reported dead to her mother Dorothy, was left by Slugworth to Scrubitt in order to eliminate her claim to the family fortune. The Cartel attempts to drown Wonka and Noodle in chocolate, but Wonka enables Lofty to rescue them and unveils the Cartel's misdeeds to the authorities and the public. They release the Cartel's chocolate reserve through a fountain, laced with Wonka's unique ingredients, ruining the Cartel's enterprise. The Cartel meets their downfall, and the police arrest the Chief. The crowd revels in tasting Wonka's chocolate fountain, and Wonka unwraps the last chocolate bar his mother had given him, discovering a golden paper with a message that says what matters is who you share the chocolate with. He aids Noodle in reuniting with Dorothy, settles his debt with Lofty, and acquires an abandoned castle to commence building his own factory with Lofty as his tasting chef.

In an epilogue, the captives return to their old lives, and Scrubitt and Bleacher are arrested after their attempt to eliminate evidence of sabotaging Wonka's shop backfires and then kiss before they taken away.

Cast[]

Release[]

Wonka was theatrically released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2023, followed by the United States on December 15, 2023, in both conventional theaters and in Dolby Cinema and IMAX.

In March 2024, it was announced that the film would be re-released in RealD 3D theaters on April 19, 2024, for one week only.

Production[]

The film was first reported when Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Willy Wonka in 2016, but was not officially announced until 2021.

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Trivia[]

  • The film was originally rumoured to be a sequel, but this rumour was revealed to be false when it announced to be both a prequel and a reboot (as it is set in an alternate universe, but is set before the events of the previous two films).
  • This film will be the fourth feature film in the franchise and the first film in the "Roald Dahl Cinematic Universe".
  • The exterior of the film and the appearances of the characters are a mix between the previous adaptations.
  • In Cartoon Network UK, the movie was known to be sponsored on Cartoon Network and the game Game On! in Roblox
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