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‘Wonka’ review: A backstory more bitter than sweet

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A young man talks to a miniature orange man trapped in a glass container.
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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the various shapes that Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has taken over the years, it’s that ingredients are critical to the consumer experience. The wilder, the better.

So, for this episode, we’re taking a page from Willy Wonka himself and getting a little kooky with our review of Wonka — now with a double helping of Pollard.

Joining the stalwart and dependable Kpolly to talk about the Timothée Chalamet flavor of the amazing chocolatier is Nicole Peterson-Pollard, who was unhyphenated the last time she served as guest host to talk about The Black Phone. Our happy couple has since become a happily married couple, which means they’re contractually obligated to see all movies together forever or at least for the first few years.

Kpolly in particular brings a lot of baggage when it comes to the Wonka-verse. The 1971 film stands atop his mountain of movies, and Gene Wilder is, as he puts it, “the best and only Wonka.” Kpolly is, for all intents and purposes, the food critic who has made up their mind about the Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight before ever taking a bite.

Unwrap the episode and see if the prequel about Wonka’s early days of chocolatiering manages to win over our regular host and his slightly more open-minded very special guest. They’ll also share how they sprinkled a bit of Wonka into their wedding day, how the movie “bamboozled” one of them and what else they’ve been watching lately.

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