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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) – Rated G for some frightening/intense scenes.

Since I was not alive when this film first came out in theaters, I had not had the pleasure of seeing it in 35mm glory on the big screen.  However, thanks to Cinemark Tinseltown’s new “Cult Classic Midnight Series” (which I highly recommend you check out!), I finally had the opportunity to see it and I did.  And it was just as wonderfully colorful and highly imaginative as I remembered it was the first time I watched it.

This film is nearly forty years old and the book it’s based on, Roald Dahl’s “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory,” was published in 1964 so I’m sure everyone knows the story by now, but I’ll write a sort of CliffsNotes version anyway.  Willy Wonka, world-famous candy maker, hides five golden tickets in his candy so that five lucky children can visit his secret chocolate factory.  The five lucky winners are Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teevee, and Charlie Bucket.  The factory tour ends up being a sort of morality test for the children and Charlie ends up winning the grand prize: Wonka’s entire chocolate factory.  Each child falls victim to their particular vices and loses their chance to win.  Gloop is so gluttonous that he falls into the chocolate river in the Chocolate Room and is sucked up into the Fudge Room.  Violet is so addicted to gum that she ends up chewing an experimental piece that turns her into a blueberry.  Veruca is so spoiled that she attempts to steal one of Wonka’s golden egg-laying geese and ends up falling down a garbage chute.   Mike is so obsessed with television that he shrinks himself when he messes with some television equipment.  And even though Charlie “steals” some of the Fizzy Lifting Drinks, when he returns the Everlasting Gobstopper that he could have given to Wonka’s competitor, Wonka forgives him and offers him the entire factory.

Willy Wonka was, without a doubt, one of Gene Wilder’s greatest roles.  He was able to showcase his warmth and over-the-topness to perfection.  He was actually nominated for a Golden Globe for his role and the nomination was truly deserved.  The Academy Award-nominated musical score is cute, bubbly, and highly addicting.  I’m still humming Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” song as I type this review.  And I’d have to say that this great children’s fantasy film is still a genuine work of pure imagination.  Filmtastic review = 5 stars.


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