Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★★

Colorful, warm, and boasting enough of an edge to make it all stick, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" is a fully appealing, family-friendly treat. Featuring an iconic performance by Gene Wilder, Mel Stuart's fantasy film is worthy of the reputation garnered since its 1971 release.

Adapting Roald Dahl's novel, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," to the big screen, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" tells the story of young Charlie Bucket, an English boy who wins a ticket to tour the famous candy factory run by Wilder's Wonka. There, Charlie and the other winners journey through a world of brightly tinted confections and pure imagination.

The film's narrative is never as robust as Dahl's, but it attends to the essential themes of the book. The story, here, skewers greed and exhibits its cadre of children as representative of particular vices.

Stuart and company build a fantastic world injected with personality by Wilder and the songs of Leslie Bricusse. The production is lavish, and the film moves at a suitable speed.

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" is an enchanting fantasy tempered by a certain archness and economical melancholy. Though its story may whiff on sturdy resolutions, the experience is memorable and fully enjoyable.

Travis liked these reviews