The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Gene Wilder’s 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, Wil­lyWonka 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. ★★★★ rep­tiles and a pumped-up T-Rex. First-time di­rec­tor Eric Bre­vig, who cut his teeth as a spe­cial ef­fects supremo on TotalRecall and MeninBlack, knows his craft and keeps the ac­tion sim­ple. ★★★ as­pects, the awe-in­spir­ing crescendo of spe­cial ef­fects ar­rives not a minute too soon. Pop­u­lated by a huge cast that in­cludes Elijah Wood, Téa Leoni and Mor­gan Free­man. ★★

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