Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson

Directed by: Mel Stuart

G. 100mins.

A black comedy that is faithful to Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The excitement begins when the eccentric candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) hides 5 golden tickets in 5 of his Wonka bars which can be found all over the world. If you find a ticket, you receive a free tour of Wonka’s secret factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. 4/5 of the winners are spoiled brats but young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) dreams of a life much brighter. He lives with his poor family in a small shack that is falling apart but the family bond is strong. Charlie’s grandfather (Jack Albertson) uses all the money he has to buy Charlie a Wonka bar and magically, he finds a golden ticket. The two of them set out on a tour of the factory which involves musical numbers, edible everything, and Oompa-Loompas. This role will be Gene Wilder’s legacy and this film is the perfect combination of bizarre and brilliant enough to engage both children and adults – * * * *


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