Screen Junkies asked fans which movies they’d most like to see get the Honest Trailers treatment, and lots of people voted for the classic 1971 “kids movie” Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Long regarded as a movie containing all sorts of weirdly creepy moments, questionable messages and images absolutely not suitable for children, Willy Wonka is probably the perfect subject for a snarky and hilarious Honest Trailers dissection.
The Honest Trailers folks decided to go all-out when they took on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. So not only does the movie get picked apart in typical Honest Trailers style, with lots of references to pedophilia, stoners and Grandpa Joe being nothing but a sleazy con man, the film’s memorable songs also get parodied with help from a very special musical guest.
Here from Screen Junkies is the highly-anticipated Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Honest Trailer, with special guest Michael Bolton. Why would Michael Bolton agree to appear on Honest Trailers? He has an album to promote. Sadly, Mr. Bolton no longer sports his magnificent ’80s mane. Happily he still has the pipes necessary to deliver funny parody versions of “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”
Honest Trailers are great because they say things we’ve always thought, but in more hilarious ways than we could ever say them. Yes most of the Willy Wonka jokes are obvious. Yes, the movie feels like it was made for stoners. Yes, Willy Wonka comes across as a sadistic, out-of-control possible serial killer. Yes the Oompa Loompas are basically slaves and it’s very uncomfortable watching them perform their weird moralizing songs at the expense of children who are basically being tortured for character traits that really are their parents’ faults. It’s all been said before, but never together in one place and so amusingly.
This Honest Trailer doesn’t just take down the original Willy Wonka, it also gets in some jabs at Tim Burton’s questionable remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Possibly the trailer’s best take-down comes during the “starring” section when the late Gene Wilder is referred to as “Johnny Depth.” Wilder’s portrayal of Wonka will always be definitive, while Depp’s will always be considered just weird and ill-conceived.
At the end of the day, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory remains a classic movie that despite its weirdness absolutely is appropriate to watch with kids. The movie’s considerable charms, first among them being Wilder’s absolutely brilliant performance as Wonka, are not diminished by all the snarky jokes that have piled up in the decades since its release. The fact that so many people still have thoughts about the movie only confirms its status as a classic. So too does the fact that a Harry Potter producer is reportedly planning a Wonka origin film.
Source: Screen Junkies