The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? Written by
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The opening credits sequence was filmed at a real (Tobler) chocolate factory in Switzerland (at 01:31 in commentary). See more »
In Wonka's office, the clock's pendulum (at around 1h 30 mins) should be anchored under the number six; it is off-center to the right. The light bulb in the half lamp on the desk is whole (at around 1h 30 mins). These break the harmony of everything being cut in half. While the off-center pendulum IS an error, however, the light bulb not being cut in half technically isn't. Director Mel Stuart explained that they tried to cut the light bulb in half, but doing so caused it to be unable to function. Thus they had no choice but to leave it whole. See more »
Most excellent works in the arts are seen and enjoyed at a variety of "levels." That is true of this movie in general and of Gene Wilder in specific.
Wilder has been known in the circles of movie creators as a creative genius for many years. Here, his acting ability showcases that genius. To be sure, at the level of good fun for kids and Moms and Dads, he comes through. But writers must have loved his work. Watch for the "look" in his eyes. You will see "changes" in them as he speaks or as he listens to the kids. Those unheard, barely seen changes can be read many ways. And that is the genius. They put more into the lines than the words themselves.
Art should be clearly and quickly understood. It should also be the tool used to make us wonder a bit. Think a little. Or find meaning we didn't see at first look.
In this movie, Gene Wilder's almost imperceptible nuances speak volumes.
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