Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971

IMDB: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

The legendary Gene Wilder plays quite possibly the part he is best known for. Willy Wonka, the man in charge of the mysterious chocolate factory that is responsible for all of those scrumdidilyumptious chocolates. Based upon the writings of yet another legend in their field, Roald Dahl the author of so many wonderful children books (my favourite has and likely always will be The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar).

One thing that I particularly like about this movie is that the initial hunt for the five golden tickets lats for more than just 20-30 minutes, it actually is a major piece of the movie and not just glossed over. It gives the chance to show the struggle of daily life for Charlie and his family, it gives the chance to build the emotional connection between the viewer and the difficulties they all face together without giving up hope.

Something that has come to mind as I watch through this time though, occurred during the first of the chocolate rooms (the one with the “Pure Imagination” song), and that is when I was studying cooking, is that “no-one trusts a skinny chef”, and there are few people in this movie skinnier than Willy Wonka.


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