Wonka Review: Timothée Chalamet is Simply Scrumdiddlyumptious

Anushka Halve

Welcome to the Timothée Chalamet flavoured Willy Wonka

There are many references to writer Roald Dahl’s original work. This may not be how Roald Dahl imagined the troubling and troublesome chocolatier. Wonka exudes the buoyant simplicity of musicals intended for young audiences.

Timothée Chalamet is Simply Scrumdiddlyumptious

Chalamet's portrayal of Wonka is a breath of fresh air, free from the shadows of his predecessors. It helps that King’s Willy Wonka is very much his own person. Chalamet's Willy is sweet, kind, brilliant and has both an enviable jawline as well as oodles of charm.

The Best Of The Lot is

Rowan Atkinson as Father Julius, a chocoholic who says, "One day we'll be judged for our sins, but it's not going to be today," before he downs one piece of chocolate after another. 

The Strongest Parts of The Film Are

The moments between Willy and Noodle (Calah Lane), who become friends and business partners. Willy helps Noodle see the silver lining, and Noodle helps set up Willy’s business.

Giving the Classic a Makeover

Dahl's fiction has faced criticism for political incorrectness in recent years, but Wonka avoids these issues by imagining a version of Wonka’s fantastical world that is more aligned to our contemporary values. He is no longer forcing the Oompa-Loompa to partake in unpaid labour.

The New Willy Wonka is The Perfect Holiday Movie

Wonka is refreshing for being a standalone film, with no dangling promise of a sequel at the end. It's a heartwarming family holiday film, brimming with hope, joy, and magic.