The new movie Wonka is a magical adventure, except for one storyline.

Just in time for Christmas, Wonka has arrived to appease all our chocolate cravings

Directed by Paddington's Paul King, the movie tells the origin story of Willy Wonka, a character made famous in the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the new prequel starring Timothée Chalamet in the titular role of Wonka. 

The movie-musical picks up as a penniless Willy arrives in a new city to open a chocolate shop he dreamed of starting with his late mother. 

Watch the trailer for Wonka. Post continues after video. 

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Wonka is everything you would expect from a Roald Dahl adaption: it's magical, colourful, fantastical, and it transports the viewers to an otherworldly time and place. 

Timothee is a loveable Wonka, offering a far more kid-friendly, huggable and less creepy character than Johnny Depp's turn as the eccentric chocolatier in the 2005 remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

But Calah Lane as Wonka's sidekick Noodle is the breakout star of the film; she's the beating heart of Wonka.

The ensemble cast is incredible, featuring the best of British talent starting with the scene-stealing Hugh Grant as a surly Oompa Loompa to the likes of Olivia Coleman, Matt Lucas, and even Rowan Atkinson as a power-hungry priest. 


The songs are cute and wholesome, albeit a tad forgettable at times, but it all leads up to Timothee's rousing rendition of the classic song 'Pure Imagination' which is worth the wait. 

Yes, I cried. 

There's a lot to love about this movie, which is sure to delight a younger demographic as it takes the viewers on drool-worthy journey through the mind of Wonka and his friends in the early days of his chocolate factory. 

Listen to a brutally honest review of Wonka on The Spill, with no spoilers. 

But there's one scene in Wonka involving Keegan-Michael Key that's leaving a bad taste in some viewer's mouths.

A joke throughout is that Key's corrupt cop character has been taking chocolate bribes from the chocolate cartel. As the movie unfolds, the size of Key's character expands in weight until the final scene where he's wearing a fat suit with facial prosthetics.  

Yep, there's a fat suit gag in 2023. 

The fact that Key's Chief of Police character is a bumbling fool only adds insult to injury. 

The fat suit in films has a long history of mocking, belittling, dehumanising and alienating fat people. 

From movies like Shallow Hal and Austin Powers to TV shows like Friends and New Girl, fat suits have been utilised for decades to turn fat people into a punchline. In these instances, the people wearing the fat suits are often waddling around like a caricature, being gawked at by onlookers, or in many instances being mocked. 


With the exception of last year's The Whale, the fat suit is a costuming convention rarely seen these days, especially off the back of the 2010s body-positive and fat acceptance movement. 

This makes the inclusion of the fat suit in Wonka all the more surprising. 

This isn't the first time the Willy Wonka franchise has used a fat suit for comedic relief. In the 1971 adaption Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the character Violet swells up like a balloon after eating a banned piece of blueberry gum. But at least this served the story, as she turned into an oversized blueberry. 

In Wonka, the fat suit was included to demonstrate that the Chief of Police had eaten a lot of chocolate, a fact that was evident from the character eating chocolate and accruing chocolate boxes throughout the film. 

The fat suit gag was clearly catered to children, but is this something we want to teach the next generation? That fat people and the way their bodies move and look are a punchline? 

It's a lazy joke that's not needed in a movie that should be about encouraging young people to embrace their quirks and be themselves.

But if you can look past this one storyline in the movie, Wonka is a delightful family film.  

And Hugh Grant's Oompa Loompa absolutely deserves an Oscar. 

Feature image: Warner Bros. 

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