“But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”
– Willy Wonka, ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’.
The quote is an impeccable description of the movie. The movie is a bildungsroman. A number of hard hitting revelations strike Charlie, most of them resembling Joycean epiphanies. Charlie had encountered hardships previously but nothing resembled the epiphany he experienced when he realised the scarcity of good fortune.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It was released in the year 2005. The screenplay was written by John August. The movie is based on the 1964 British novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The cast included names like Johnny Depp who played the role of Willy Wonka, Freddie Highmore who played the role of Charlie Bucket, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy, and Christopher Lee. The narrative follows the life of Charlie as he wins a contest and is given the opportunity of visiting the famous chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka along with four other children.
The entire film was shot at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom. The director used built sets and practical effects.
The story has many profound facets.
Charlie learnt something of paramount significance in the factory.
How little glee there existed in the world that was there to be found and therefore so many more reasons to celebrate each and every moment like it is the last one.
The paradise or opulence where Charlie previously found solace was shattered by the cold reason of Willy Wonka inside the chocolate factory. The factory was the place that would transform Charlie forever.
The film received positive reviews and still is regarded as one of the classics that all children must watch.