The Whimsical Willy Wonka

How Gene Wilder brought joy and mystery to the role

Samuel Sullivan
Dec 14, 2020 · 4 min read
Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) — Copyright 1971 by Warner Bros.

The 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, stands the test of time. The movie is a musical fantasy and adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that engages children and adults’ imagination. Gene Wilder’s performance as the title character is a major reason the film is…