Candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he hides five golden tickets inside his infamous candy bars. The lucky ticket holders will become privy to a tour of his eccentric secret world of candy making that involves chocolate rivers and walls that taste like snozzberry.
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryDirected byMel Stuart
I will never forget the mixed feeling of mystery and awe of watching this film as a kid. The acid-dipped boat ride is one of my favorite movie sequences of all-time. It's seemingly impossible to escape Gene Wilder's good vibes.
I watched this as a kid, and it was an emotional roller coaster for me. Roald Dahl wasn't afraid of exposing kids to some of the darker elements of life. Neither was Gene Wilder. Very mercurial and unpredictable. One of those films that NEVER needed a remake. Johnny Depp just turned him into an inaccessible weirdo.
Without question, this should be the measuring stick by which all live-action family film should be judged. I've watched it countless times as a child and as an adult, and it still feels rich in imagination, enchantment, musical quality, and sharp wit. The performances of the children are all wonderful, and the great Gene Wilder has never been better.
It's not entirely accurate to the book, but who cares? Full of genuine imagination, great songs (incl. Wilder's standout "Pure Imagination"), & a great sense of wonder. Along with The Wizard Of Oz, one of the essential fantasy films that every child should watch. For kids that don't watch this, we know exactly who's to blame! "The mother and the father!"