Wonka Ending Explained: In A World Of Capitalist Corruption

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Written By Sedoso Feb

There’s something special about watching a fun and silly little family film that suddenly turns into a story about class warfare, such as “A Bug’s Life” or “Chicken Run.” It would be simple for a prequel to “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” to have the villain be just a jealous chocolate maker who feels threatened by Wonka. But Paul King chose to make this a story about three rich men who control and game the market and force every newcomer to submit to them, and that’s what makes this feel like more than a lazy cash-grab. 

The trio controlling the chocolate cartel are not just rival chocolatiers, they are a cartoonish force of evil. Their lair is literally in a vault beneath a cathedral, guarded by chocolate-addicted priests. The original film featured poignant satire, but “Wonka” manages to work in some surprisingly resonant themes, particularly around Mrs. Scrubbit, the hostel/laundry owner. Scrubbit essentially tricks people into signing a contract for forced labor, exploiting them to maintain her business. Human trafficking much?  Sure, the film still features an Oompa Loompa doing his silly song and dance and chocolates that make people fly, but the film’s villains give the story more weight. 

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