Sydney’s review published on Letterboxd:
I like this more and more each time I watch it. Literally has some of the best dialogue writing ever in it, so smartly done. And obviously pure imagination is an amazing song. As a kid I never understood all the cutaways to random people trying to find Wonka bars, but as an adult those are some of my favorite parts. Just such a wonderful little story with charm and wit. The only thing that ever trips me up about this film is the fizzy lifting drink scene (I just hate it) and the ending when Charlie gives back the gobstopper. It just would’ve worked better if Wonka told them to not take the gobstoppers, knowing they would, and Charlie returns it in the end instead of keeping it. Just makes more sense overall, because otherwise why couldn’t he keep the gobstopper (even if he wasn’t going to give it to slug) since Wonka gave it to him? Other than that tho (and my general dislike for grandpa in this film, his character is better in the remake) this movie is such a joyful and wondrous experience.