The 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film delivers a grim moral lesson of the gluttony, pride, greed and ignorance. The film has undertone of consequences of good and bad behaviour in children. The analogies are visibly projected in the film of how those who characterize the hideous vice to get their comeuppance, on the contrary, those who characterize loving and caring traits eventually meet their fortune. Music numbers were incorporated to emphasize their doomed punishment. This movie draw the audience into a beyond imaginative story that shows us love and passion could still be found in our society.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaption of the 1964 children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl. Johnny Depp starred as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket. The story if about a talented Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory, hid five golden tickets in his Wonka chocolate bars. The lucky owners of the golden ticket will get to visit the chocolate factory with one family member, and one of the five will then win a lifetime supply of chocolates and an exclusive secret prize. All five children who win golden tickets present different personality traits and behaviour, as well as their family members.
The factory is run by Oompa-Loompas, a group of funny people from “Loompaland”, whom Willy Wonka invited to work for him in return of Coca beans. Upon the journey inside the mysterious chocolate factory, the children, one by one, are eliminated accordingly to their misbehaviour. Charlie is the only one to be spared and earns the day winning the special secret prize which turns out to be the factory’s inheritance. However, Charlie refuses because Wonka insist Charlie to leave his family behind. Finally, Charlie helps Wonka reconcile with his isolated father and Charlie, ultimately inherits the chocolate factory.
Though there is not a specific time of history or place setting in the movie, the story is easily noticeable that it starts in cold snowy winter. Winter is a sign of hibernation and perseverance. But there is hidden renewed hope in the far-off distance as spring follows. Houses are lined up neatly with snow covering almost every corner of the town. Charlie’s old and small house is found at the very edge of the city, and the mysterious chocolate factory at the very top center of the town. This is a symbolic imaginary of social class. Various social theories propose a hierarchy arrangement of people in society. Wonka being at the top is viewed as the elites with a great deal of power and intelligence. On contrary, Charlie’s family at the edge is evidently reinforced their struggle routines; with no power or worldly goods and hardly have enough to eat.
About Prince Pondicherry and his Chocolate Palace
Grandpa Joe eventually tells Charlie about the Chocolate Palace tale in order to further depict Willy Wonka. There is a sequence in which Wonka builds a horrific palace made of only chocolate for a rich prince Pondicherry. Pondicherry despite Wonka’s warning, insist to live in it. Soon after, on a very hot day, the palace melts and totally falls apart. Mr. Wonka indeed is a wonderful artist and he is definitely someone who gives advices that should be taken seriously. This part of the film serve as s a foreshadowing revelation of disturbing consequences might follows if Wonka’s advice is not taken seriously. In reality, even though not too many considerable advices are seen wise and righteous, but we should be able to distinguish the good and evil with objective judgment. To be bent on having one’s own way, one will be responsible for the consequences of their own.
About the five Golden Ticket Winners
There are 5 music numbers with stage exorbitantly choreographed scene, set to each turning point in this film. Danny Elfman is the composer of the music scores; he also performed the four, among the five, vocals of the songs that are sung by the Oompa-Loompas in the film. Each number with its scene returns a moral lesson of a corrupted aspect of society. They are not only a specially entertainment but also signify the tale’s crucial moments and lead viewers to the next stage of the film.
Physical appearances are believed to be an important factor in the development of social relations; however, the implications of ominous factor are often hidden in many superficial judgments. This is entirely examined in the initial music number played at the entrance of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Mr. Wonka welcomes the kids and their family member to his “humble factory” with a gleeful mechanical welcoming show. The “Wonka’s Welcome Song” was electronically performed by little plastic puppets with large round weighted eyes and peeled looking skin. The show is delightful, luminous and colourful. The music begins with many children laughter, and continues in jumping rhythm giving the guests a warm cheerful welcoming; but the show ends in small fire caused by the haywire spark of fireworks and the music concludes with a hitch. The welcoming show is not pure entertainment, it indicates though the factory looks bright and joyous, there are certain hidden consequential menaces to be carefully discovered. A cursory glance and jumping to conclusion is actually as old as it is common in today’s society. We knew that objectivity is desirable, and this societal moral value is often controllable as long as conceit or negligence is not taking too much our ego. Otherwise, unknowable consequence might have been lining up next.
This first musical number leads us to this intriguing journey yet threatening chocolate factory; and illustrates how this prelude can form such a profound message.
Apart from the first introducing said number, the later four numbers are performed by the Oompa-Loompas when each of the four repulsive kids is eliminated from the contest. The songs are catchy and easy to remember, the lyrics are closely related to each misbehaved children and summed up each lesson to be learned. The musical numbers act as a recurrent motif protruding the kids’ ill personality traits and at the same time demonstrating how their deadly action leads them meeting their doom.
Let’s have a closer look at the moral lessons in the second part of our review!