Expected in our theaters on December 13, “Wonka” was previewed in London this Tuesday, November 28. And the first reviews of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” prequel are online.
This year at the cinema, the holidays will be sweet. And colorful. And musical. And enchanting. After two films dedicated to Paddington, Paul King let the famous bear live his life without him to turn to another pop culture icon: Willy Wonka.
Timothée Chalamet succeeds Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder in the lead role, while Wonka’s story takes place before the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. By showing us how the hero became what he is in Roald Dahl’s novel.
Also worn by Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman and Rowan Atkinson, this musical film had its world premiere in London this Tuesday, November 28. And the first reviews immediately appeared online.
(“Wonka is an instant holiday classic and a truly magical moment at the movies. Paul King’s whimsical style works as well as in Paddington, each musical number enchants [jeux de mots validé alors que ce n’était pas le but de la phrase originale en anglais, ndlr]and each actor steals the film in turn, with an infinitely charming Timothée Chalamet in the lead.”)
(“Wonka confirms Timothée Chalamet as one of the greatest actors on the rise. He is magnetic, charming and walks the fine line between naivety and intelligence admirably. The film is full of charm, joy and hope. It’s the perfect Christmas movie. That definitely has rewatch potential.”)
(“Wonka is a winning confection, filled with the perfect amount of charm, whimsy and emotion, fueled by pure imagination and bright, vivacious musical numbers. Timothée Chalamet is a charisma factory. His total commitment is intoxicating. Hugh Grant is exceptional in Nothing to Give a Fuck mode.”)
An instant holiday classic
(“Wonka is a visual delight. Kudos to Nathan Crowley [le chef décorateur]the world he built is fantastic in every way.”)
(“Wonka is a super charming delight, fueled by an exceptional, pitch-perfect performance from Timothée Chalamet. It’s a little ridiculous at times and a few plot points are a bit slight, but that didn’t stop this film from also being incredibly gentle, effective with a very strong dose of sincerity and effective in warming my heart.”)
(“Timothée Chalamet alone is a good reason to see Wonka. He is endlessly charming and fun to watch. The film surrounding him is not as good but it is enjoyable. The story and tone fit the bill. “against each other, which creates confusion. But it’s full of joy and the songs are delicious.”)
Timothée Chalamet is infinitely charming
(“Wonka is not afraid of the ridiculous and proves to be a perfectly charming family film. Wonka’s world is perfectly crafted, capturing the wonder of his younger years. With a quirky and heartwarming tone, Wonka is funny and sweet enough to overcome the small obstacles in his path.”)
(“I was surprised to like Wonka so much. It’s whimsical and taps into the sense of wonder the original sparked, while still going its own way. Timothée Chalamet captures Gene’s energy [Wilder, Willy Wonka du film de 1971, ndlr] without imitating it. A great family film for the holidays.”)
(“If Paul King does not reach the heights of charm and seduction of Paddington with Wonka, he is nonetheless a deliciously sweet treat. The dandy played by Timothée Chalamet is endearing and amusing, while the Oompa- Hugh Grant’s Loompa steals his every scene.”)
See you from December 13 (or from the 10, in cinemas which will present it in preview) to discover Wonka in French cinemas.