Ryan Conde’s review published on Letterboxd:
I just want to say that I never saw this film until now. I obviously have seen clips of the movie before because it's kind of impossible to not see anything related to this film but I never sat through the whole thing and there's honestly no excuse for that. I should've watched this film a long time ago and I do feel bad for not seeing this sooner but I finally made time today to watch it and I don't really have anything to add to the film other than it is a classic and rightfully so. I really did love this film and I was worried that I would get bored by it but to my surprise, I was never bored. The story while it is very simple is told very well and really puts you in the shoes of the characters of the film when they discover the factory but that's not the only great thing about this movie. The cinematography is good, the musical score and songs are great, the direction is fantastic, the editing is solid, the characters are each all memorable and likable, the humor can be pretty funny, there are many sweet and charming moments, the production design is amazing especially when we go to the factory and we see everything that Wonka presents to us which is just so imaginative, colorful, and creative, and the cast is stellar with everyone doing a really good job in their roles but the main standout performance of the whole film is Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka himself. I was actually quite surprised that Wonka himself only came in halfway through the film but when he does he is such a delight to watch. Going back and forth between being pretty funny in some cases to really mysterious and kind of creepy Wilder does an amazing job and I don't think anyone could've played the part as good as him. Overall Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a masterpiece in both film and just pure imagination. It is a lot of fun and is a great film for children but it also is amazing in terms of its story and filmmaking aspects. It is so simple and basic but it never forgets to be entertaining and fun and the fact that the film has been remembered for so long really does show its impact. If you somehow haven't seen this film then go and see it right now. It is a timeless classic that will never be forgotten and will continue to delight, entertain, and maybe frighten some people. Seriously that tunnel scene is both scary because it looks scary to even be in there but also really funny because it's just Gene Wilder being insane and chewing scenery but I shouldn't be surprised because Wilder is one of the best things about the movie. Happy 50th Anniversary Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and thanks for giving us so much joy, wonder, and imagination for nearly a century. Warner Bros. I beg you to not screw up the upcoming origin Wonka movie in 2023.