WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCO­LATE FAC­TORY

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

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.

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