Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★★½

Magical and wondrous like a dream. It's aged, obviously...but the charm is always there. Gene Wilder is as charismatic as he has ever been in his career. The music is pretty fantastic. The story is pretty great. So why 4 and a half stars?

I kinda don't enjoy the first third of the movie as the other two. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a strong third when we focus on the relationship of Charlie and his family. I think when the film focuses on the other children, it's fine. I don't really dig it when it cuts to random people who are trying to find the golden ticket. In my opinion, that time should have gone to establishing some more mystery to Willy Wonka. Don't even show him once during the first third, hide him in shadows, make him this puzzle of a being. Gene Wilder could pull something like that off. Tim Burton's version did something like this, and it's pretty neat to see a tactic like that used for this story...I think the rest of it is okay....just sayin.

Still great. Still magical.

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