newtpotter’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watching this film made me really crave some chocolate and luckily I had some! And it made the experience all the more delicious! I have tried to watch this film twice before but switched it off both times as I didn’t find myself that invested in it! But I had a great time with it in this try! But, I think that Tim Burton’s version is superior! I’m sorry, I know some of you will hate me but that’s just my opinion!
Iconic is an understatement for what this film became! The Wonka brand has become so popular and as a result of that we’re now getting a prequel about Willy Wonka and I’m pretty excited for it! Obviously it started out with Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book then quickly being made into this film which we all know and love! And I have to say, Gene Wilder’s performance as Willy Wonka is one that will stick with me! He’s charmingly haunting! I love his energy and spirit, both of which really make the character stand out beyond any other! He’s captivating and funny and the film would be terrible without him! To be honest the rest of the characters are some of the insufferable characters to watch and listen to! Including Charlie and Grandpa Joe! They did something they were told not to do! But they’re just all as annoying as each other and I know that’s the point but I felt the need for ear plugs! The sets are beautiful and if I was a child in the early 70’s, I would’ve been blown away! The production designers I feel deserve so much credit as to why the film is so beloved! I can’t not mention the boat and river scene which I personally think is awful! It adds nothing to the story, it gives Willy Wonka a psychopathic nature which he doesn’t need and it shows some terrifying imagery that children will have nightmares about, and it all serves no purpose! Aside from that, the songs are delightful! Every single one is memorable and well written and I could listen to the soundtrack all day! So while I do have a few tiny issues, it is a wonderful story brought to life in the most charming of ways!
Overall, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stands out as being a sugar filled joy ride that filled many people’s childhoods, and for that we will be forever grateful! Gene Wilder’s performance, the music and production design make this an unmissable classic!