Sam David’s review published on Letterboxd:
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
Is there a film that captures as much joy as this one?
Growing up, this story was a very important part of my childhood. In fact, one of my earliest memories is my mom reading the book to me while we sat next to each other on the couch. Roald Dahl's books have a perfect amount of wackiness to them but never reach a Seussian level of absurdity. They also have an element of macabre humor that was everything I was looking for in books/movies as a kid. And I've always loved how even though many of Dahl's characters (with exception depending on adaptation) are pretty black and white, there's a level of moral ambiguity that seems to creep its way in. Most of the time you can count on the pure child hero to win in Dahl's works, which is great cause sadly that's not usually the case in real life.
Moving away from Roald Dahl's works as a whole and into this film specifically, I believe that even if I took off my nostalgia glasses I would still adore Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
So many little moments throughout made me tear up for various reasons but then a few seconds later I would laugh out loud, cause there's so many wonderful jokes scattered around. The ending will always get me to cry though. Especially since it feels like Gene Wilder is saying goodbye in that final scene.
I will question the size of your heart if you don't enjoy this movie.