WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
NINE, Saturday, 7.30pm, G ( 1971)
Gene Wilder’s ( pictured) mannerisms finally found a home as Willy Wonka, the eccentric and enigmatic owner of the world’s best chocolate factory. Wonka offers five children a chance to enter the mysterious factory. Our hero, Charlie ( Peter Ostrum), finds one of the lucky tickets and takes his grandfather into the surreal factory. Scripted by Roald Dahl from his own novel, Willy Wonka is a visual delight. The performances of the five winners and their various moral failings are strong and the songs are tuneful without dominating the action. The movie has stood the test of time, quite an achievement for a children’s film.