Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
What other movie could possibly replace “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” as the iconic face of Chocolate Day? Go with the original over the Tim Burton remake and relive the joy of watching poor Augustus pay the price for his sin of chocolately gluttony. The great thing about watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on Chocolate Day is that you can actually eat Willy Wonka brand chocolate products.
You can still bring out that tub of chocolate ice cream and enjoy Johnny Depp on Chocolate Day if you want. Rather than Depp as Wonka, enjoy Depp romancing chocolatier Juliette Binoche in one of his rare forays outside the world of weirdness. “Chocolat” gives your favorite candy an even more prominent role in the storyline than Charlie’s visit to Mr. Wonka’s factory.
You are likely to find few movies that position chocolate as a metaphor more immediately than “Forrest Gump.” Eventually, of course, the metaphorical chocolate becomes a concrete reality, but in the end you will want to add “Forrest Gump” to your marathon of Chocolate Day movies because of the manner in which it transforms the creamy confection into a philosophy of life.
The Chocolate War
If “Forrest Gump” is the model for a film that introduces chocolate as a philosophical metaphor, then “The Chocolate War” is the ultimate cinematic treatment of chocolate as allegory. This dark-hued political allegory turns the mundane tradition of raising money by selling chocolate bars into the centerpiece for an examination of ideological control and rebellion against authoritarianism. Chocolate becomes a symbolic stand-in for every product that has set in motion conflict between opposing forces throughout the history of civilization.