Monday, 28 July 2014

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Review (Updated)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Release Date: 30th June 1971 - USA

Production Companies
Wolper Pictures Ltd.
The Quaker Oats Company

Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes

Budget: $3,000,000

Box Office Gross: $4,000,000

Plot Summary
The world is astounded 
when Willy Wonka, for 
years a recluse in his 
factory, announces that 
five lucky people will be 
given a tour of the factory, 
shown all the secrets of 
his amazing candy, and 
one will win a lifetime 
supply of Wonka chocolate. 
Nobody wants the prize 
more than young Charlie, 
but as his family is so poor 
that buying even one bar 
of chocolate is a treat, 
buying enough bars to find 
one of the five golden tickets 
is unlikely in the extreme. 
But in movie-land, magic 
can happen. Charlie, along 
with four somewhat odious 
other children, get the chance 
of a lifetime and a tour of 
the factory. Along the way, 
mild disasters befall each of 
the odious children, but can 
Charlie beat the odds and 
grab the brass ring?

Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka
Peter Ostrum - Charlie Bucket
Jack Albertson - Grandpa Joe
Julie Dawn Cole - Veruca Salt
Denise Nickerson - Violet
Paris Themmen - Mike Teevee
Michael Bollner - Augustus Gloop
Roy Kinnear - Mr. Salt
Leonard Stone - Mr. Beauregarde
Nora Denney - Mrs. Teevee
Ursula Reit - Mrs. Gloop
Gunter Meisner - Mr. Slugworth
Tim Brooke-Taylor - Computer
Operator (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Director - Mel Stuart
Based on Book "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory/Screenplay -
Roald Dahl
Screenplay - David Seltzer
Producers - Stan Margulies and
David L. Wolper
Art Director - Harper Goff
Costume Designer - Helen Colvig
Director of Photography - Arthur
Musical Numbers Staging -
Howard Jeffrey
Film Editor - David Saxon
Music Conductor and Arranger -
Walter Scharf
Music and Lyrics - Anthony Newley
and Leslie Bricusse


1972 Academy Awards
Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score -
Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and Walter Scharf (Nominated)

Not dull-witted but immediately a simplistic, yet satisfying classic aimed for children with a sweet-tooth. That's how WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is renowned as the last great flavour to the family musicals. I grew up with the 71 version where I came to watch it exclusively on DVD screening. At 10 years of age, it left me puzzled to watch what happens to those four nasty kids who disobeyed the rules. I won't tell you as I don't want to give a spoiler alert. This is what Tim Burton needs to think that the original is single-handedly superior to his demeaning remake, but comparing it with better visual candy isn't going to overpower the original 71 hit. WILLY WONKA is not only proud and sweeter for its highlighted songs. It's known for its good human-hearted nature and well-written story. I think it places Charlie in the spotlight as the lead hero rather than the title character played by Gene Wilder.

The famous actor Wilder fills in the attire, performing as his interpretation of Wonka and doing just about right with nice blend of manic and control. I don't care what some people think of the character as a grim psychopath, he is meant to be eccentric or be portrayed in a sarcastic tone. It's a pity none of the child actors got into film careers after WONKA, the actor who played Charlie moved on to be a vet. Other children transferred from cinema to some TV programs while trying to avoid of being typecast. For those who didn't know of the Brit sitcom THE GOODIES that exists. One of the actors Tim Brooke Taylor featured himself in a minor cameo role in WILLY WONKA. 

What a lucky date that I picked the right film adaptation of WILLY WONKA at this time. Though it could have been titled accurately as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY when in its pre-production, it was originally that name. Don't worry if any of you have seen the Burton version first, although it maybe an average movie. The 1971 classic is of a particular undeniable value to be seen as a sweet sensation with the pure imagination. 

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

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