Warren Gilbert’s review published on Letterboxd:
Based on a Roald Dahl novel this is the story of a poor young boy (Peter Ostrum) who loves chocolate and is excited when the legendary chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) has five golden tickets hidden in their chocolate bars with the winners getting a tour of the facility and a lifetime supply of chocolate.
This remains a fun and unique musical after all these years with a fantastic set inside of the factory and some solid songs including the highlights sung by Wilder called " Pure Imagination" and those sung by the Oompa Loompas. Admittedly most of the cast is rather irritating, but Wilder is fantastic as Willy Wonka making him both unlikable yet somehow likable at the same time. Despite being irritating the cast are all memorable and easy to tell apart from each other and it's fun watching each of the children meet their imminent doom and learning their lessons.
Whether you read the book as a child or just want a fun and imaginative film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is well worth checking out if you haven't and is very re-watchable to those that have.