Movie Quote Monday – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
What good are dreams, hopes, ambitions…our big ideas for life…if we don’t use them up? When I think of all the plans I never followed, the dreams I never pursued, the chocolate palaces I never took a bite out of…
Prince Pondicherry: It is perfect in every way.
Willie Wonka: Yeah, but it won’t last long; you better start eating right now.
Prince Pondicherry: Nonsense! I will not eat my palace. I intend to live in it.
So many times we live in the dream, instead of living out the dream.
Holding on to an unused dream is like living in a chocolate palace instead of eating it up. It’s nice to look at, but to taste it is so much more satisfying.
“Holding on to an unused dream is like living in a chocolate palace instead of eating it up. It’s nice to look at, but to taste it is so much more satisfying.” That’s a great aphorism! 🙂
I’m glad you liked that! I would definitely eat the chocolate castle – that’s a given. Living my dreams is a bit harder, mostly because I’m not always sure what they are.
This is a nice analysis, I’ll admit I did not see this scene that way, but you make a very strong argument. I did not look deeper into this movie though because in all honesty, I did not like it. I hate saying that because of love Tim Burton. I like the original Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder better than the “newer” Willy Wonka with Johnny Depp. This analysis makes me appreciate the movie more though and perhaps I will watch it to give it another chance.
I’ll admit that I didn’t like the new one much when I first saw it, either. But, I can’t get satellite or cable where I live, and I rarely go to the movies, so I typically buy movies that I think I will like, sight unseen. So, I end up giving things another chance eventually, simply because it’s here. I liked it better the second time, which led to more viewings, and it grew on me more and more each time. Now it’s one of my go-to “bedtime movies”. One thing is that it just appeals to me visually – the colors and tones and textures that Tim Burton created are part of the fantasy for me.
I will always enjoy Gene Wilder’s original take on Willie Wonka the best. But I like the newer version of the family (there was a dad in the book, so why did they get rid of him in the first movie?) – they are more appealing and sympathetic in general. And I just feel more like for the newer version of Charlie. The older version was a whiny kind of feel-sorry-for-myself kind of kid, in my opinion, and I am annoyed by this kid who I’m supposed to be rooting for. Instead of creating sympathy for the character, I feel the opposite. The new Charlie doesn’t ask for my sympathy, because he has no idea he needs it. Therefore, I feel a tremendous amount of it for him. I like both Grandpas equally, though. I like that the new movie has fewer songs, but there are songs from the old one that I miss, particularly Veruca Salt’s song. And I just love the original line when her dad follows her down the chute, that the dad would be happy because “Veruca went first.” What I would like to have is a mash-up between the old and new versions. But that would be just weird.
Anyway, that’s a lot of talk, huh? But that line just always struck me that way. “I intend to live in it!”