Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ★★★★★

I never thought I could walk into my local theater and choose from E. T., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original Fast and the Furious, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Fellowship of the Ring all at the same time. Then some guy in China eats an undercooked bat* and now here we are. I can't say I'm suffering. I love watching this stuff.  I've never seen the original Wonka in a theater, or even in High Def. I did see it about 12 times in as many years when I was a kid, and in those pre-VHS days that's a lot. I'm happy to say it has the durability of an Everlasting Gobstopper and still warms the cockles of my Gex-X heart.  The Dahl script in particular really works at a different level for adults and holds up well.   I don't know if I can write about it objectively through the dense fog of nostalgia this thing emits, but I can say it is always a kick to see things like this on a big screen. So many new things pop out, like the Slugworth Bars in the candy store, and seeing in the credits that the movie's 1971 copyright was held by the Quaker Oats Company. Scrumpdilliumptious!


*It seems increasingly likely that the virus came from a Chinese virology lab, but either way; it really messed up my theater-going habits for over a year.

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