Gene Wilder is one of my favorite comedians. It seems to take so little effort to make us all laugh at his antics. He plays an excellent Wonka that has a walking cain even more deadlier than the Riddler's. At my age (a near firm 19) I get eye brows when I say I, yes, *Love* Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have worn out several copies, and borrowed and rented it endlessly....so yes...I have a problem. But here is where the good news comes in. DVD. It's here! Join the wanka-visioned, wanka-tania, choco-licious fantasy and get Wanka As soon as you can. And though this edition is not wide-screen, those of you who do not care should enjoy it. 5 star's for the movie, the rest I am waiting on!
First of all, I will not try to compare the Gene Wilder version with the book. Never read the book, so have no preconceived notitions. I was eight when the movie first came out, and actually went to see it. Don't remember too much about the experience, except the film seemed ENDLESS and boring. About eight years ago, we rented it for our then 9 year old son. Didn't make it to the end...boring. Saw it again last night on DVD. Lovely transfer, decent sound, … more
A wry and amusing musical about a world famous candymaker who hides five golden tickets in candy bars for five lucky children. Young, good-natured Charlie (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won? A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the loveable, eccentric, but often mean-spirited Wonka (Gene Wilder) himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy oompa-loompas, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."