Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★½

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'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', about to be remade, seems ripe for reappraisal. Two schools of thought exist - one thinks this film is inventive, timeless, and worthy of a place in the best kids movies of all time; the other thinks it is embarrassing trash which didn't work and which should be ditched for a much better interpretation.

For me, it falls somewhere between the two extremes of good and bad. There's no denying that Gene Wilder's performance is irritating, but isn't that what Willy Wonka was? The horrible kids are just that, and completely deserve their fates within the walls of his gloopy sugary factory. And Charlie is a cute little hero.

Anthony Newley's songs may be an acquired taste but I bet you go away from this film humming 'The Candy Man' or the Oompa Loompa song. The story is a good one - a toffee treat with a lot of bite. Will the remake be any better? I doubt it.

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