Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★★★

RIP Gene Wilder. This movie terrified me as a child and still scares me a little as an adult. A Disney movie by way of British social realism, the crushing poverty of Charlie's family is the most troublesome aspect today.

But as a kid of course- I was more freaked about the seeming endorsement of capital punishment (or at the very least, candy-based torture) for naughty children.

This is the godfather of all the "dark fantasy" films for kids that came out in the late 70s and 80s.

Not ashamed to say I got a little emotional when Charlie finally found the golden ticket.

I like how the film made a point to show Charlie wasn't infallible and made selfish mistakes like everyone else, but at heart he wasn't as malicious or hateful as the other children. And he was willing to learn from those errors.

Even when Wonka "turns" on him at the end (that furious angry rant by Wilder still frightens me- "Good Day, Sir!") he doesn't have any desire to seek revenge.

I've seen this movie on TV for years but this is the first time I've actually sat down and watched it in full- don't think I've ever seen the first twenty minutes or so.

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