Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

For one reason or another, I haven't seen this movie once since I've started my blog. This is especially surprising since my friend got me the movie for Christmas one year. I have, however, seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) twice during this time.

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder)

Although I initially thought I might have seen the movie at least twice before, upon watching the movie today, I reduced the statement to "at least once before."

While I've read that the author Roald Dahl was displeased with the movie's adaptation of the book, I haven't read the book and so I'm unable to make the comparison. In particular, the author wrote the book centered around Charlie, but this film revolves more around Willy Wonka. The movie by itself has a handful of wonderful songs and moments such as when Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) comes out with his cane, "Pure Imagination," and the boat ride.

Charlie (Peter Ostrum)

As such, I would still recommend the film to fans of musicals, but would instead recommend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for those who want to watch a movie adaptation of the book.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 97% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down.

Instant Comments:
Lol. Just being wasteful and giving away free candy. I suppose anything goes during a song.
Huh, who is this man with the scar?

That wasn't even a Wonka bar.
"I won't tell, that would be cheating."
"What would a computer do with a lifetime supply of chocolate?"
Hahaha. Time to think it over.

Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson)

Hehe. The teacher can't figure out 2/1000.
How does Slugworth find himself at every winner.
The fine print.
Why did they have to bend down if the door was so big on the other side?

Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole)

Picks candy off the ground. How unsanitary.
Wonka sarcastically says, "Stop. Don't. Come back."
Ah, the ending makes more sense now, I don't remember this entire scene before today: namely, Charlie's grandfather mentions the Gobstopper and then Charlie decides to return it.
I definitely didn't remember Slugworth being in this movie.
"So shines a good deed in a weary world." - Wonka

Left to Right. Front Row: Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson), Mr. Beauregarde (Leonard Stone), Willy Wonka, Mrs. Teevee (Nora Denney), Charlie, Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen). Back Row: Mr. Salt (Roy Kinnear), Mrs. Gloop (Ursula Reit), Grandpa Joe, Augustus Gloop (Michael Bollner)

Watched at least once before.
Watched 20180201 (Netflix, Instant)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Mel Stuart. 100 min [botn Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl]

Relevant Links:
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (IMDb.com)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (RottenTomatoes.com)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Wikipedia.org)

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