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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

WONKA | First Look Official Trailer

All Media Photos And Official Trailer provided by Warner Bros. Pictures

Not Sponsored: A couple of days ago I was on Twitter and there was chatter regarding the official trailer of WONKA to be released soon. I also noticed there was a new movie poster. So I posted it on my Twitter page. I have been so excited about this movie. "The anticipation [was] killing me." I'm going to be honest, I love Gene Wilder's version. I wasn't even born yet, when Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory came out in 1971. But I remember being a little girl, and watching the movie whenever it came on cable, during my Summer months off. It was so whimsical and magical. 

I had high anticipation for when Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka. I rushed to the movies to see it, welcomed the opening of the movie with great enthusiasm and then it all came crashing down for me. I love Johnny Depp, but his voice irritated me, his glasses, the wig and many of the beloved characters I enjoyed in the first movie seemed "too much" and "highly exaggerated" in that version to me. The Tim Burton version seemed to go way overboard. 

So, when I heard that there was going to be another production of Willy Wonka, I crossed my fingers, heart etc. that someone would get it right [at least to me ha ha ha] this time. Pictures of Timothee Chalamet in costume were released. I said to myself, yes ... someone has gotten it right. I compare this situation to the movie Batman Begins (2005). We all know Batman is a comic book, but when they made Batman Begins with Christian Bale, the movie overall seemed more adult, serious and polished. That's the way I feel about this new Wonka movie. 

I just viewed the trailer (see YouTube video below). I looked at it three times. They got Timothee's clothes and overall look right (costume). The various sets for this movie are absolutely gorgeous. I predict, there will be a Wonka theme ride and an explosion of marketing (maybe not as much as the Barbie movie). I love the choreography and dancing in the movie. The supporting cast is great. I particularly love Jim Carter (from Downton Abbey) and Calah Lane. She is so precious. I find it to be a very magical and whimsical movie, befitting of its near Christmas opening December 15th, 2023. I'm sure more trailers will be released in time. I think Timothee's acting will meet people's expectations. I need to see more to see if his depth and heart are truly into this character. I could pick it up in some moments, but not all. This is only a glimpse. I'm not a movie critic. I'm just sharing my personal thoughts, as I love this story and character. The comments on YouTube for the trailer are majority positive.

"Every good thing in this world, started with a DREAM. So you hold onto yours."

Willy Wonka's Mom


Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.


From Paul King, writer/director of the “Paddington” films, David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter,” “Gravity,” “Fantastic Beasts” and “Paddington,” and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the “Paddington” films, “Jurassic World: Dominion”) and Luke Kelly (“Roald Dahl’s The Witches”), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor.  Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.


Starring alongside Chalamet are Calah Lane (“The Day Shall Come”), Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (“The Prom,” “Schmigadoon”), Paterson Joseph (“Vigil,” “Noughts + Crosses”), Matt Lucas (“Paddington,” “Little Britain”), Mathew Baynton (“The Wrong Mans,” “Ghosts”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water,” the “Paddington” films, “Spencer”), Rowan Atkinson (the “Johnny English” and “Mr. Bean” films, “Love Actually”), Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”), with Oscar winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”).  The film also stars Natasha Rothwell (“White Lotus,” “Insecure”), Rich Fulcher (“Marriage Story,” “Disenchantment”), Rakhee Thakrar (“Sex Education,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Tom Davis (“Paddington 2,” “King Gary”) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (“Paddington 2,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Mary Poppins Returns”).



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