Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This movie is based on the famous book of the same name. In both the book and movie versions of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka hides five golden tickets in his candy bars. The children that find the tickets will be allowed to enter Wonka’s nearly mythical chocolate factory. Four of the children fall prey to various vices and end up running afoul of the bizarre factory workings until they are rescued by Wonka’s strange, orange employees, the Oompa-Loompas. The poor boy Charlie, however, remains a good, honest and humble person.
In both the film and movie versions, it is Charlie’s good heart that keeps him safe in the factory. As a result, Wonka reveals that he intends to make Charlie his heir. This is clearly keeping in line with Christian ideas that those who are humble and good will be rewarded. The sins of the other children in the story also mirror common Christian sins such as gluttony and envy.
The film version adds an extra Christian twist by having Wonka’s backstory echo the Bible story of the prodigal son. In the movie, Wonka is estranged from his father, but his father has been following Wonka’s wildly successful career. Wonka’s company takes a downturn, and Charlie helps Wonka find his father. Wonka and his father reconcile at the end of the movie, much like the prodigal son comes home in the Bible.