5 of the sweetest films
It wouldn’t be Easter without lashings of chocolate, so we’ve scoured the film archives to find five films that will be forever associated with the sweet brown stuff…
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
This 1971 adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel saw Willy Wonka’s factory brought to life, with Gene Wilder playing the title role. The screenplay was actually written by Roald Dahl and it was filmed in Munich with a budget of $3m. In its first release it only made $1m but then made an additional $21m when it was re-released in 1996.
Most memorable moment: when Charlie discovers his Golden ticket.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The remake in 2005 was directed by Tim Burton and saw Johnny Depp reprise the role of Willy Wonka. Other actors rumoured to have been considered for the role include Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Nicholas Cage. Mainly filmed at Pinewood Studios in the UK it grossed $475 worldwide.
Most memorable moment: when Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river and is sucked up by a plastic pipe.
Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, and again starring Johnny Depp, this is a romantic drama set in a small French village 15 years after the end of the war. When Vianne Rocher, played by Juliette Binoche, opens a chocolate shop at the start of Lent she challenges the resolve and shakes up the rigid morality of the repressed local community. Her sinfully delicious confectionery starts to change the lives of the locals – and attract the attentions of the delectable Johnny Depp playing Roux, an Irish gypsy.
Most memorable moment: when the evil and controlling Comte de Reynaud finally succumbs to the delights of Vianne’s chocolates.
In this epic 1994 romantic-comedy-drama, based on the 1986 novel of the same name, we follow the life of the slow-witted but good-hearted Forrest, played by Tom Hanks, through several decades of his life as he witnesses and in some cases influences defining moments of the latter half of the 20th century including teaching Elvis to dance and helping to expose the Watergate scandal. The famous line, “My momma always said, Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” is pretty much seen as a metaphor for life. It won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. Interestingly the bench that Tom delivered the famous line from sold at auction in 2013 for $25,000.
Most memorable moment: when Forrest runs away from his bullies and realizes he no longer needs his leg braces to walk and run – “Run Forrest, run!”
Another adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic, this time directed and narrated by Danny de Vito. It follows the fortunes of Matilda, played by Mara Wilson, a little girl who is a genius with telekinetic powers as she battles with her terrible parents and the worst principle ever, Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris. When fellow pupil Bruce Bogtrotter is forced to eat an entire huge chocolate cake, it marks the beginning of the end for Miss Trunchbull’s reign of terror as the whole school cheers him on in his ordeal.
Most memorable moment: when Matilda first realizes her telekinetic powers as she dances round the house.