Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★½

True to the beloved story that inspired it, and a main song that still brings a child-like wonder despite the movie’s aging special effects, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a good example of Pure Imagination in filmmaking. 

Gene Wilder’s always an enigmatic delight - and the music is bright and lovely the whole way through - but time will tell if 1971’s Chocolate Factory will remain a classic. For those of us who grew up on it, it remains a sweet and nostalgic ride.