Wonka – Bringing Us Back to Pure Imagination
Written by Zoe Crombie
There’s a certain brand of Christmas film that has very little to do with the holiday itself. Sure, you can put on films actually set during the period such as The Holiday or Elf, but movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, and much of the James Bond and Harry Potter series are popular choices regardless of a distinct lack of Father Christmas. And there’s a new contender joining this pantheon of Christmassy non-Christmas films this year: Wonka.
Serving as a musical prequel to the Willy Wonka story we all know and love, Wonka follows offbeat heartthrob Timothee Chalamet as the iconic chocolatier as he crafts his first magical treats. Directed by Paul King, this film contains as much whimsy and joy as his other pet project Paddington, also excelling in magical production design and charming performances. In fact, King has dug back into his British comedy past for Wonka – he worked on cult classics like The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, for those in the know – with beloved comedians like Simon Farnaby, Matthew Baynton, and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.
Dripping with syrupy lightness from all angles, it’s hard to think of a film better suited to the holiday season - despite not actually being set at Christmas. If you’re looking for a film to get you in the festive spirit, Wonka is just the ticket.