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How long is the new Willy Wonka movie?

by Stewart Cole
Cameron Fry

This weekend, moviegoers around the world will learn how Willy became Wonka, Roald Dahl’s iconic, eternal chocolatier – but how long is the new film?

Wonka, directed by Paddington’s Paul King and starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, finds the character with little more than a few sovereigns and some delicious chocolate.

He has big, bold ambitions to open his own shop in the Galeries Gourmet, but between the so-called Chocolate Cartel and devious hoteliers, it turns out he’ll need more than pure imagination to make his dreams come true.

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The film finally hit US theaters after an earlier international release, and with families flocking to theaters over the weekend, you might want to know: how old is Wonka?

Wonka Runtime explained

Wonka has a running time of one hour and 56 minutes (116 minutes).

Here’s how it compares to previous big screen outings:

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: 98 minutes
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: 115 minutes
  • Wonka: 116 minutes

While the new film may be the longest of the three, it chronicles an uncharted part of the character’s life, exploring not only how he opened his impressive factory, but also how he met the Oompa Loompas.

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“I was a little nervous because origin stories aren’t always necessary, and I knew this is such a beloved property,” the director said. Mashable.

However, King managed to expand on the teases from the original book. “There are a lot of clues in there. [Dahl] he mentioned Slugworth, Ficklegruber and Prodnose and how there were spies and how they conspired against him,” he explained.

“I was really reading all of Dahl and just trying to channel him, and there’s a great story he wrote called ‘The Landlady,’ about someone who captures people and keeps them all in her basement. It’s downright terrifying. It’s a story for adults rather than children. I loved the idea of ​​using that and the idea of ​​the small letters from the Willy Wonka movie — just diving into that world and putting it together.”

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