Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory1971
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, like many childhood favorites, is better left in the past and allowed to reside in memories. As an adaptation of Dahl's story, it's inferior to the Burton remake.
Probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.
Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.
The film makes exceptionally shrewd use of references children can understand and appreciate.
Audience Reviews for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
this is truly one of the most magical and wonderful films ever made. It has everything that makes a children classic such as wizard of oz. Gene Wilder was a perfect choice for Willy not like Johnny Depp in The Tim Burton remake. I love how the moral of the story is don't be greedy but it doesn't come out and preach it your to busy having a good time looking at everything and being entertained by everything.
Gene Wilder is a genius, and he makes us love this magical film that may not be as well polished as it could have been but has a lovely charm of its own and has become a cult childhood favorite for so many people - like a younger sibling of The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As is the case with the author's children's books, there is a sinister element that is most subversive. It is a recurring theme in his works and this adaptation is no different. The movie was filmed in Munich and this gives the town a puzzling hard-to-place feel before anyone even sets foot in the factory. Five lucky kids get the opportunity to tour Will Wonka's wondrous plant but the experience isn't quite what they were anticipating. The bright colorful production design stirs the imagination with possibilities. There's a chocolate river, giant edible mushrooms, lickable wallpaper, a Wonkamobile that shoots soap. It's all rather enchanting. Only the Fizzy Lifting Drinks sequence is snooze. When the picture was released in 1971 it was a box office disappointment. Despite garnering positive reviews it only earned a mere $4 million in 1971. Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It's easy to see why. I love this film. fastfilmreviews.com
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