THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
22 APRIL 2013
ThingsThat Make You Go
In 1964, Roald Dahl penned what is arguably his most famous book. It tells the story of a poorboy who, thanks to the discovery of a golden ticket concealed in a bar of chocolate, wins hisway into a magical factory run by a mysterious oddball named Willy Wonka.The book,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
was asmash hit; and inevitably the book was turned into ascreenplay, which spawned a 1971 movie in which theword
was replaced in the title with the nameof the character the movie's producers felt was farmore important to the narrative: Willy Wonka. And soit was that one of cinema's great transformations fromwritten page to silver screen took place, and in the
process one of its nest characters was born.Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka is the only portrayal ofcially recognised and endorsed by
ThingsThat Make You Go Hmmm....
Accept no imitations.As much respect and admiration as I have for the extraordinary talents of Johnny Depp, just ...no, sorry. There is only one Willy Wonka, and it's Gene Wilder.
Now that I've claried my position on that particular issue, let's proceed.
I am sure that, somehow, there may be readers who haven't either read the book OR seenthe movie; and so for them I include a short synopsis of the story. Please be apprised that itcontains spoilers that, well, give away the entire plot and the ending, to be honest. If you haveread the book or seen the movie, it may be worth reacquainting yourself with the plot beforewe dive in any deeper:
Mr. Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world,
has decided to open the doors of his factory to ve lucky children and their parents. Inorder to choose who will enter the factory, Mr. Wonka devises a plan to hide ve goldentickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. The search for the ve
golden tickets is fast and furious....
Charlie Bucket, the unsuspecting hero of the book, dees all odds in claiming the fthand nal ticket. A poor but virtuous boy, Charlie lives in a tiny house with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, and all four of his grandparents.
In the factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe marvel at the unbelievable sights, sounds, and
especially smells of the factory. Whereas they are grateful toward and respectful of Mr.
Wonka and his factory, the other four children succumb to their own character aws. Accordingly, they are ejected from the factory in mysterious and painful fashions.