Just for you, an assortment of hand-selected, chocolate-infused movie treats just in time for the Easter long weekend.
With the Easter weekend upon us, the supermarket shelves are fully stocked with cheeky chocolate treats, and it isn’t unusual for parents to buy Easter eggs several times over on account of eating them before the kids do. Whatever this time of the year means to you, it’s generally agreed upon that chocolate is great and Easter eggs rule.
It’s impossible to watch some movies and not crave an instant sugar fix, so this Easter we’ve put together a short list of sweet titles to pre-empt the inevitable chocky comas.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
This seems too obvious and little needs to be said. But from the second Bill the Candyman showers the children with lollies, to the moment when Willy Wonka’s guests cast their eyes on his chocolate factory for the first time, this cavity-creating, diabetes-inducing classic is irrefutably the sweetest film of all (we’ll just have to ignore the outrageousness of Charlie dropping the chocolate on the ground after finding the golden ticket).
Okay, we are doubling down on the obvious selections here, and the title speaks for itself. But few films encapsulate the power of chocolate quite like this delicious little fable (well, perhaps aside from the next title on our list). With an all-star cast including Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss and Johnny Depp, this cute romantic-drama is about the decadence of chocolate and its ability to bring people together.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Much like Chocolat, Like Water for Chocolate is a scrumptious film from Mexico, which tells the story of forbidden love expressed through the art of cooking. In what is a Latino Romeo & Juliet story of sorts, the film is a feast of festive delight as the two lovers indulge in some of the most delectable desserts on film. It’s impossible to come away uninspired (have the fridge fully loaded for the comedown).
Most of us can relate to Bruce Bogtrotter, the boy from Matilda who Roald Dahl described as “decidedly large and round stood up”. Having committed the misdemeanour of “stealing” a slice of the wicked Ms Trunchull’s chocolate cake, he is sentenced to punishment by way of gorging his guts out on the entire thing. We can agree that this is hardly a punishment, because young Bogtrotter’s public humiliation is nothing that we haven’t all done ourselves in the middle of the night while everyone’s asleep.
The Goonies (1985)
The Goonies offers a double-whammy of sweetness and it’s impossible to go past that endearing moment when Sloth’s heart is won over by a Baby Ruth chocolate bar. His eager cries of “Ruth, Baby?” are cemented in the minds of an entire generation, and Aussie kids have quested for decades to find the unattainable “candy bar” (as they would say in the USA). Prior to this, the character of Chunk had discovered an entire freezer full of ice cream with flavours abounding, including Chocolate Eruption and Super Duper Chocolate Eruption (ignoring the stiff in the corner). Oh, and in case you were wondering, a Baby Ruth is more or less the same as a Cadbury Picnic.
You’re welcome – enjoy what sweetness comes your way this Easter.