Posted by sean on July 30, 2005 at 11:10 pm in Movies, Nandos with No Comments

I went to Bath this evening to go to cinema to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; I normally go to Bristol so this was a first time for me. Before the film started I went to Nandos which is in the same complex.

This was the first time I have been to the restaurant and I must say I was very impressed. The meal I had was beautiful. The menu is nearly all chicken, so if you’re a veggie or a steak man this isn’t a great place for you.

The film was also very good, well cast and entertaining. However, without giving too much of plot I was I did find major faults and annoyances with the plot. Firstly, where on earth is the film set? England or America? Charlie’s family all have English accents although use American words “candy”, “vacation” and “band aid” (as in a plaster, not the music concert), the local currency is even dollars! The funniest line of the film though was “Charlie, wash your pants, they’re covered in mud!”

It is also a surprise how Willy Wonka’s factory is still in business. If it were real life The Environmental Health department or Inland Revenue would have shut down his factory a long time ago…. assuming they are actually in England

In the interest of Health & Safety – Do NOT eat Wonka Bars

Here is a list of major flaws in Wonka’s dodgy business

1 – Up until the Golden Ticket winners, nobody had been in or out of the factory. Wonka appears to be blocking regular, mandatory visits from Health Inspectors.

2 – The state of hygiene in the factory is worse than that of a dodgy side street kebab shop. Factory visitors including dirty children and decrepit old men are allowed to walk into a food preparation area, without taking any hygiene precautions.

3 – Who actually are the Oompa Loompas? From the storyline it clearly appears they originate from another country. So Wonka has gone to another country, bribed locals to illegally enter the country and work for far bellow the minimum financial wage.

4 – Lastly, I saw no evidence of financial records being kept or tax records. Is Wonka VAT Registered? Does the pay tax?

I think if this were real, Wonka would be a failed businessman, probably serving a very long prison sentence. His factory would have also probably have been featured on Dispatches, Cutting Edge, Watchdog and Factories From Hell.

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