Film
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
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WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Gene Wilder glides through WILLY WONKA with a twinkle in his eye, at once expressing his adoration of childhood enthusiasm and his pathos for the state of manners in those same children.   His casting is sheer perfection as the reclusive loner, the overgrown child, the mad genius behind the world’s most famous confectionery.  WILLY WONKA transports me to a place of sheer joy within seconds: the tactile practical effects, the dazzling landscapes, the dark mystery of the Oompa Loompas and the fantastic songs.  Watching this film as a child on TV, I devoured it just for the sheer fantasy of Wonka’s factory.  Adult viewing brings home the pitch black dark comedy and commentary on the modern moral compass.  In an age when caricatures like Mike TV don’t seem over the top anymore, WILLY WONKA remains evergreen. I have to confess that I still have not watched the Tim Burton remake.  I’m afraid of the sadness it would likely bring. (Tim League)

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