Just about any Screen Junkies video will put a smile on your face. But this Honest Trailer for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will crack you up guaranteed. It will also make you really angry at Grandpa Joe for reasons you never noticed before. Because when you examine the movie under the microscope, this family classic raises some alarming questions.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is not the first classic family film to get the Honest Trailer treatment. Even modern movies like Zootopia are examined and picked apart. Of course this is all done in the name of comedy and good fun. They are still great. But, a few things are a bit off and make for hilarious commentary.
The trailer points out that Willy Wonka is basically a glorified serial killer.
He took pleasure in watching the children fail his tests one by one. He not only doesn’t show remorse, but seems to get more and more sarcastic. Leave it to the late and unforgettable Gene Wilder to make that character lovable.
But let’s talk about Grandpa Joe!
Not only is he the one that encourages Charlie to STEAL fizzy lifting drinks when no one is watching, the Honest Trailer points out that the promise of free chocolate seems to “cure” his “bedridden” status.
Grandpa Joe: freeloading scammer.
The entire video is filled with little bits of trivia that make you question what exactly you were watching as a child. Was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory a wonderful kids story? Or was is a horror film filled with children dying and allusions to slavery? You be the judge.