My Favorite Films: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Five lucky children get an incredible chance to enter a chocolate factory run by a truly odd man.

Let’s talk Roald Dahl:

The man was incredible! He wrote some of the greatest children’s books and some of those were adapted into good family movies, like Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and most recently The BFG (which I have yet to see) He was great!

Yet, one movie has always stood out to me. It’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Not this boring Tim Burton version. No. The 1971 Mel Stuart film.

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a very long time. I bought this on Blu-Ray at the beginning of the summer because the price was right. I wondered how frequently I would watch the film though. I went home and popped it in the Blu Ray player and I became addicted. I watched this movie six more times. I just couldn’t stop! I saw this movie once or twice when I was a kid, but I enjoy the film even more as an adult.

This movie sets up a really fun world from the beginning and a lot of that is due to the cast! I really like the way that Charlie is portrayed. He’s a sweet kid, but he is a kid! You see his many emotions. You see him happy, upset, angry, disappointed, because he’s a real kid! The supporting characters are also great! The kids in this movie have such great dialogue and great direction! My favorite supporting character is Grandpa Joe! I love him so much. He’s so supportive of Charlie and I believe every word that he says! These characters man!

I also really adore the comedic moments in this film! I love seeing these scenes where people are looking for Wonka bars. Those moments are incredible and so delightful!

Yeah, this movie is really fun…and then we arrive at Wonka’s factory and we meet Willy Wonka portrayed by Gene Wilder, one of the best performances of all time. Gene Wilder is phenomenal in this role! Once we get to Wonka’s factory this movie gets turned up to 11! Gene Wilder is so terrific! He has really solid chemistry with every actor which is pretty rare!

I love the music in this movie! Every song! You can get up and dance or sit down and cry when these songs come on. This score adds so much to this movie. Why? Range! This film goes from lighthearted to kind of scary real fast, and the score always keeps up.

Everything about this movie is right on the nose. I’ve said the word delightful a few times in this review, because that’s what this movie is: Delightful. This is one of the most fun experiences you could have watching a movie. In my opinion this is Gene Wilder’s finest performance and he will be truly missed.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory A+

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