Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★★★

"Don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted."
"What happened?"
"He lived happily ever after."

How do you make a movie that literally no one hates? I have never met a single person who dislikes this film. I feel so bad that I haven't seen this film in years and it took the death of Gene Wilder for me to actually come around and rewatch it, and Jesus Christ. I knew I loved this movie, but no idea it was a perfect framework for my current situation as an adult. Hell, after watching this movie, I hate to use that term on myself.

So what exactly makes this the perfect film?

A perfect lead: Gene Wilder. He makes the titular character come to life in a way that can never be touched again. He takes an eccentric role that makes him pompous and a bit arrogant, but because he's really just putting everyone into their place, it's enjoyable as hell to watch. He just uses his mannerisms and his ability to say things in certain inflections that things just come out so hilarious.

Humor for all ages: I enjoyed this film immensely as a kid even though I didn't understand what a lot of the jokes made were about. As you grow up, you get to understand more and more jokes and the film gets richer and richer with each viewing just like Grandma's triple chocolate cake.

An underdog: Okay, Charlie may not be a character you necessarily are interested in, but damn you feel for the kid. You want him to be successful so badly. I just think it's interesting that he's a white kid in a first world country. How would the story be different if he was POC from an unindustrialized country? Something I like to consider.

Great musical numbers: There are so many musical numbers and they pair so nicely with the scenes. Like, you forget this is a musical until you start watching it, but the songs are welcomed. They don't seem forced or out of place. It's just warming and charming.

It's also a lot of fun to point out the different things that don't make sense. Like why was there a fan in that room?? How did "Slugsworth" pop up everywhere without anyone questioning??? But it never hurts the film, and I love that.

It's also quite a ride to cry to this film. I am 21 years old, and this is one of the few things that make me this kind of emotional.

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