Scott Bailey’s review published on Letterboxd:
🎶"Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination"🎶
I kinda wish more children's films had some of the shocking, trippy and slightly scary imagery thats in this film. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is overall a very charming musical film with a few sinister overtones here, especially its commentary on greed, selfishness and ignorance. It also takes a swipe at irresponsible parents who let their children act anyway they please, which probably more so now than ever is a very relevant subject today.
I had never actually seen this film properly until today, but I'm familiar with the story and of course I think everyone will be familiar with the iconic and timeless songs, they are just perfect and really help the pacing of this film well. The visuals, particularly when you see them entering the Chocolate Factory are stunning and imaginative, and they definitely hold up and still have a sense of wonderment to them. The design on the Oompah Lompah's looks creepy as hell..... at least for my taste :)
Of course the reason why I went out of my way to see this one was the passing of Gene Wilder. He truly is a comedy legend and possibly one of the most likeable people ever to grace the big screen, and he is definitely the reason Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a must see movie. He gives such a charming performance as Willy Wonka and for me he is the only person you could possibly imagine playing that role. I have NO intention of ever watching Johnny Depp's poor Michael Jackson impersonation in the remake!
My only issue with the film really is that I think it sends mixed messages. For instance the bratty children who get everything they want get punished, however when Charlie gets his ticket "It's because he wanted it the most". Also I thought the last line in the film was a very strange way to end the story.
Willy Wonka is not perfect, but it is a charming movie, and if you like to see children's movies not afraid to take a darker approach, this is truly a must-see film :)