Charlie, Willy, and the Factory: Just a Story, Or a Way of Life?
Articles and Interviews By: Becki Carr, Lansie Sylvia, Justin
Luczejko, and Elysa Stein.
Imagine entering a factory where, just behind
the entrance, there lays trippy tunnels, television portals,
and chocolate streams. You may watch the classic film Willy
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and wonder, “Uppers?
Downers? Hallucinogens? What the hell is Willy on and where
can I get some?” Now that we’re a little older
and a little less wise, we think of the movie quite differently.
With the ability to scrutinize and dissect anything and everything,
we now look at this cinematic study analytically. What was
the cultural significance of this movie at the time it was
made? Is Willy Wonka pure entertainment, a visually stimulating
flick to amuse little kids and drug-addled young adults, or
is a deeper meaning hidden somewhere within those candy-coated
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