Here's the last update which covers the happenings of the film - after this one we'll be onto the 'how does Charlie/his family cope with moving into the factory?' type stuff.
Thank you to Turrislucidus for the review - it's lovely to see what you think of this.
Hope you enjoy this update.
Inside the Factory - The Inventing Room Experience
Once they were back on the ground again, Charlie and his grandfather spent some time looking at the door to a store room, which apparently held all kinds of creams, including hair cream. Given the rest were things like whipped cream and coffee cream, this was a rather surprising departure. Knowing Mr Wonka though, it was likely the strangest take on hair cream possible – maybe it looked like hair or something?
Hearing Mr Wonka starting to unlock a different door they hurried over to the rest of the group, quickly reading a sign which stated that strictly only those Oompa Loompa's who were authorised should pass through the door. As they approached the group Mr Wonka removed the key. Charlie had to smile at the sight of it, it looked a little like a two pronged corkscrew. The handle twirled round in a bracket which was attached to some cogs. They in turn would rotate two key shaped structures in different directions. Charlie and Grandpa Joe reached the gathering just in time to hear what Mr Wonka was saying...
Not that this did them much good, for as they stopped at the door they realised that Mr Wonka was giving a quick introduction to the room in German. Goodness knew what he was trying to tell them; Charlie only caught the most occasional word. After one last short pause to go over the instructions "no touching, no tasting, no telling" Mr Wonka led the group into one of the strangest rooms Charlie had ever seen – the Inventing room.
There were dozens of steaming tubs and it seemed like hundreds of Oompa Loompa's were scurrying round in different directions. Each contraption was different and there were so many different things going on that it was hard to know where to start. Charlie commented to Grandpa Joe that even if Mr Slugworth did get in he'd be unable to find anything as it was all so strange.
There was steam rising from so many different containers and machines Grandpa Joe commented that the place reminded him of a Turkish Bath! Two of the machines in particular stood out to Charlie. One was draped in coloured materials, while another strange contraption had lots of different bowls around it. Each of these held a strange concoction at several different stages of a process and there was a large glass container in the middle with bees inside it.
There was also a 5 funnelled pink thing with steam coming out of each funnel, a musical note sounding at each puff, as well as two huge baths full of liquid, and a large thing twirling about overhead with bottles of coloured liquid, hanging upside down. Oompa Loompa's were guiding it into depositing some of each in different pots as it went.
As soon as they had all entered Mr Wonka threw several different coloured liquids into a beaker and tasted the result. He ended up speaking in a voice about three octaves higher than normal when someone asked if it was any good... Charlie guessed that it had caught at his throat. Either that or it had a similar effect to a diluted version of liquid helium.
Then, while Mr Wonka was churning the concoction in one of the pots by way of riding a bike, Mike Teevee distracted everyone by being blown backwards by something he'd been expressly told not to touch, never mind taste. He collided with a rack of pots and pans which then proceeded to fall about him. It took a few moments for order to be restored after that little excitement, though Mr Wonka quickly continued on with his inspection of the various different pots of simmering liquid in the place.
Charlie was quite sure that Mr Wonka was playing with their heads when he threw a clock into a soapy looking mixture with a comment about not wasting time though. At the next pot he plunked some trainers into the steaming mixture (telling those who asked that they would give it 'a little kick') and then dropped a boiler suit type thing into another steaming blend – apparently it was "far too cold..." Surely these things had to be a continuation of his showman act, it couldn't be anything else, could it?
It was around this time that the 'I Want' girl's father had cornered Mr Wonka about having a bathtub of Butter Scotch and another of Butter Gin in the room... This was when Charlie cottoned on to Mr Wonka's love of bewildering people by using strange phrases as he retorted in a quick whisper that 'Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.' The man had laughed in confusion, but Charlie felt that the phrase must have come from somewhere – and that Mr Wonka was using it to keep the man at arm's length. It certainly seemed like some kind of defence system at least...
That was one thing about being on the outside of things so often – you soon got pretty good at observing people. Charlie had talked about many of his observations with Grandpa Joe, and occasionally with Grandma Josephine too. Their insights had helped him refine his interpretative skills, until he began to get to the point where he felt he could trust them more.
The feeling that he could understand why some people acted the way they did helped Charlie feel better about himself. It was one of the ways he protected himself – if he could work out a reason why people acted the way they did by observing them, then when they did something which upset him he could work out what they were actually trying to do.
More often than not they were trying to avoid something which would hurt them it seemed. This knowledge helped him feel less upset when he was on the receiving end... to a certain extent at least. He could at least be sure they weren't doing it because they hated him, if nothing else – it generally wasn't personal. That was another reason why the uncertainty of the tickets had upset him so much though – there was some hope, but it was all so uncertain... Chance wasn't something Charlie appreciated terribly much!
Suddenly there was a loud beeping from the large cloth covered machine – one of the fathers had attempted to look beneath the cloths. Mr Wonka had quickly gone up to him asking him not to do that, and saying that this was something he couldn't let anyone do. Then when Charlie had asked him what the machine did Mr Wonka had turned it on.
He seemed so childlike and excited at that moment, filled with suppressed joy – a possessor of a wonderful secret he was longing to share with them all. He had told them that it would 'sizzle' Slugworth just before turning on the machine. After a quick blowing and beeping, and general confusion as to what it was actually doing Mr Wonka showed them the produce – Everlasting Gobstoppers. This then was the thing Mr Slugworth had asked Charlie to procure for him.
Charlie noticed that all the other children seemed especially interested in the machine when this fact came out; Maybe Charlie wasn't the only one who had been given the offer of money if they abstracted a gobstopper... The news that it was possible to suck on them forever and they would remain the same size really captured Charlie's interest. Even if he was going to be given a lifetime supply of chocolate a sweet like that would be amazing.
They were the weirdest shape imaginable though – a group of oblongs stuck together at different angles, each one a different colour, it might be quite difficult to suck on one. Given the way all the other children were begging to be given a gobstopper Mr Wonka asked who would like one, and when everyone (including Charlie) said they would, he asked for their solemn promise to keep it strictly to themselves he handed out one to each of them...
Even then that little Miss 'I Want Everything' Veruca Salt had tried to make things difficult by claiming that Miss 'Chewing Gum' Violet Beauregarde had two, so she wanted a second one as well... Charlie could hardly believe that she was so silly as to think Mr Wonka would be taken in by this claim – he had personally placed one sweet in each child's hand after all. As expected Mr Wonka replied firmly "Everybody has had one, and one is enough for anybody."
After all the children, including Charlie (who only got one when Grandpa Joe interfered, causing Mr Wonka to give him one saying 'And one for Charlie') had been given a gobstopper he showed them the newest invention he was focussing on. This was the machine with all the different plates and bowls, and bee's in the middle of it, producing honey... Mr Wonka described it as a 'revolutionary, non-pollutionary mechanical wonder.'
Charlie had had to point out the on switch as Mr Wonka looked round, mumbling something about 'button, button who's got the button...' The machine whizzed and whirred for a while, various covers plunking down, some things being beaten or mashed as the plates rotated round the various stations.
Charlie noticed Mr Wonka looking at the machine as it worked, he wore the same kind of grin as he had when talking about the everlasting gobstopper machine. He was swiftly coming to realise that Mr Wonka was rather fanatical about his work; taking great joy from things working the way they were supposed to. It almost seemed like a paternal pleasure in the processes of his creations.
At the end of this performance, a bit of chewing gum was produced, which Mr Wonka said was the equivalent of a full three course meal. He said it actually gave the sensation of eating something more substantial than chewing gum. Mr Salt, Veruca's father, had suggested this was 'bull,' which Charlie thought was rather rude of him, but Mr Wonka had ignored the horrid man, simply telling him that this one was actually a roast beef dinner.
On hearing this, Violet had pulled the bit of gum from Mr Wonka's hand, insisting that she was going to eat it – despite Mr Wonka saying that this was a bad idea, something he 'really wouldn't do.' She decided that she knew best and began to eat it, telling the rest of the group exactly what the experience was like.
Rich tomato soup was the first course, and she talked about how she could feel the warm creamy substance as she swallowed. She seemed to really enjoy the roast beef and baked potato as well, though that seemed to be finished in seconds. Then she began to savour the taste of blueberry pie, until disaster struck and her face started to turn a bright blue colour. She continued to chew as her body started to expand, getting rounder and rounder until you could only see her hands, feet, and head sticking out from this large, blue spherical shape. Violet had turned into a blueberry. Seeing this, Mr Beauregard turned round and started to shout abuse at Mr Wonka.
Charlie had been horrified – Mr Wonka had told her not to eat the gum (even if it had been in a very mild manner). The girl's father had practically encouraged her to have it, and then when things went wrong, he shouted at Mr Wonka that he was going to 'break you for this.' Did he really believe it was Mr Wonka's fault Violet had decided that she knew better than he did? Charlie was rather scared to hear she was going to have to be squeezed so she didn't explode though. The whole experience would later give him a very healthy respect for the inventing room, and for those individuals who worked inside it.
One thing which Charlie had noticed about Mr Wonka on this occasion was really starting to intrigue him. Once he'd given his mild mannered instructions against doing something he knew wouldn't turn out well, Mr Wonka then seemed to choose to completely ignore what was happening in front of him. It was almost like he was washing his hands of the whole affair.
He'd given one further attempt at controlling Violet while she was eating the gum, saying 'stop, don't,' but once again the tone was almost defeated, as if he knew she wasn't going to do as he told her before he opened his mouth. It was as pointless a waste of his breath as his response to Mrs Gloop's histrionics' in the chocolate room. Charlie was also astonished at the way Violet completely ignored the older man's warnings. He guessed that it was something to do with her having got away with it so far. She must have been one of those children who know everything and always had to be right!
When Mr Wonka eventually spoke again it was to say 'I told you I hadn't got it quite right yet.' It seemed the rather introverted inventor was with them, pondering over exactly what might have gone wrong in the process before shrugging it off again. Once again, Charlie wondered if this was a way for him to protect himself from the rather angry father. Easier to focus on exactly what was going on with the gum rather than deal with the accusations thrown by Violet's concerned relative.
Next, some Oompa Loompa's joined them from other parts of the room, and sang about how revolting it was to chew all day – as if you were a cow. Charlie was beginning to think that he shared many of the opinions the Oompa Loompa's were voicing – he'd just never vocalise them. They had to move Violet out of the room by rolling her along as her legs were no longer long enough to carry her. Charlie thought they secretly enjoyed this version of bowling – catching her quickly before she knocked into anything, and then opening the doors to get her out of the inventing room. Violet's father followed, dragged by another Oompa Loompa, lamenting that he now had 'a blueberry for a daughter.'