Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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Year of Release: 1971

Genre: Family

Related to/Remake of: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (remake)

Directed By: Mel Stuart

Music By: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Starring: Gene Wilder (as Willy Wonka),

Basic Plot: A young boy living with his immediate and extended family in abject poverty wins the opportunity of a lifetime: a guided tour of the world’s greatest candy factory, led by the eccentric owner himself.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: A show stopping performance by Gene Wilder as the titular Mr. Wonka.  Great production design.  Some very memorable musical numbers.  Good performances by the child actors.  A warmly twisted sense of humor throughout the movie.

Cons: It takes a while to get things going, and by the time “Cheer up, Charlie” has successfully killed any momentum the movie may have generated, many kids will have probably lost interest.