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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Film Review

Updated on October 1, 2019
Gene Wilder
Willy Wonka
Peter Ostrum
Charlie Bucket
Diana Sowle
Mrs Bucket
Jack Albertson
Grandpa Jo
Julie Dawn Cole
Veruca Salt
Roy Kinnear
Mr Salt
Michael Bollner
Augustus Gloop
Ursula Reit
Mrs Gloop
Denise Nickerson
Violet Beauregarde
Leonard Stone
Mrs Beauregarde
Paris Themmen
Mike Teevee
Nora Denney
Mrs Teevee

About the film

Released: 1971

Director: Mel Stuart

Producers: Stan Margulies, David Wolper

Running time: 1 hr 40 mins

Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Family

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Budget: $3,000,000

About the film

As a lover of musicals, this is one film which I always enjoy watching it. Although I've watched it many times over the years, I still enjoy watching it when it comes on TV. The story begins with young Charlie Bucket visiting a candy store to purchase some chocolate. There's a few other children in the store getting chocolate and candy. When Charlie is walking home, he walks past the chocolate factory that Willy Wonka owns. This is the first time we get a glimpse of the mysterious building.

The next day, news quickly spreads around the world that Willy Wonka is giving away just 5 tickets to someone, and 1 accompanying person, to visit the factory on a guided tour. As the world goes mad on trying to acquire one of these exclusive tickets, Charlie becomes more and more disappointed as one by the one the tickets are slowly being claimed from around the world. Although Charlie comes from a poor family, living with his mother and grandparents, his family are loving and deeply care for him.

When the last ticket is believed to have been won by someone in Paraguay, this deeply disappoints Charlie, and he resigns himself to the fact that all the tickets have been won. But when he finds a coin is a drain, he fishes it out and buys a chocolate bar. With the change, he busy a Wonka bar for his Grandpa Jo. As he walks out of the shop, he overhears people saying that the last ticket that was believed to be won in Paraguay, was in fact a hoax. So Charlie slowly opens the Wonka bar and discovers he had, in fact, got the last golden ticket. Running home, he is stopped by a mean looking man called Slugworth, who tells him he wants the secret ingredients to the everlasting gobstopper.

Throughout the film we see how Charlie and the other children and their parents deal with all the surprises that the chocolate factory has, and the quirky little ways of Willy Wonka. And, of course, there is plenty of music and songs in the film to sing along to. Of course, once inside the chocolate factory, we get to meet the Oompa Loompa's who Willy Wonka had taken under his wing. These little men with green hair and orange faces are fascinating little men that amuse and surprise the visitors. I think these actors are wonderful at playing the Oompa Loompa's.

My thoughts

I love this film. I am a big fan of musicals, and this is a timeless classic. Gene Wilder was a wonderful actor, and I always enjoy watching him in this. Although made in 1971, it is still enjoyable to watch. The chocolate factory itself is a marvel to look at, and a magical place. With surprises and shocks around every corner, you never know what to expect in this weird and wonderful place. We get to see who the real Slugworth is. What I like about this film is the fact that is highlights honesty and being trustworthy. Through the storyline, it shows how the children in the film can be honest and upfront. At the end of the film, we get to see the real reason why Willy Wonka opened up his factory and offered this exclusive prize to people.

Personally, I love this film and love singing along to the songs. Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie Bucket, plays an excellent part and is a sweet kid in the film. The chocolate factory itself is very colourful and full of wonderment and surprises. The chocolate river is my favourite!

The songs in the film

The song
The performer
The Candy Man
Bill (Candy store owner)
Cheer Up, Charlie
Mrs Bucket
I've Got a Golden Ticket
Charlie Bucket
Pure Imagination
Willy Wonka
Oompa Loompa (Augustus)
The Oompa Loompas
The Wondrous Boat Ride/The Rowing Song
Willy Wonka
Oompa Loompa (Violet)
The Oompa Loompas
I Want it Now
Veruca Salt
Oompa Loompa (Violet)
The Oompa Loompas
Ach, So Fromm
Willy Wonka
Oompa Loompa (Mike)
The Oompa Loompas

© 2018 Louise Powles


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      Natalie Frank 

      20 months ago from Chicago, IL

      This is one of my favorite movies although it does have its creepier aspects and Willy Wonka always seemed to me like he sets the kids up so he can punish them and teach them a lesson by terrorizing them and their parents. Between the boat ride in this movie and the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz I had my share of nightmares as a kid!

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      DREAM ON 

      21 months ago

      This is one of my wife's favorites. We have to spend time to watch it. Great job exciting both of us to watch more t.v. Have a super day/

    • Missy Smith profile image

      Missy Smith 

      21 months ago from Florida

      Wow, you really did some research! You know the year it was out, the budget, and all the songs and who sang them.

      As far as the description of the movie itself; good job! I have watched this one many times myself, and you described the whole thing to a t. :)

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      Louise Powles 

      22 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh no Jo, nothing wrong with you at all! But, your grandchildren will love this film for sure!

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      Jo Miller 

      22 months ago from Tennessee

      Even though I raised two daughters and now have four granddaughter I have never seen this film. There must be something wrong with me.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      22 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I didn't know that Gene Wilder didn't like children, Mary. Interesting fact! Yes, I like Johnny Depp too, but I prefer the old film. Thanks for reading my article.

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      Mary Wickison 

      22 months ago from Brazil

      It's one of my favorite films. I love the song 'Pure Imagination'. I like Gene Wilder and apparently, he didn't like kids so making this film must have been awkward. Although I admire Johnny Depp as an actor, his version just didn't match up to the first, in my opinion.

      This was just a fun, original and quirky film.

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      Devika Primić 

      22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and I liked this one. The review is useful and you shared with lovely pics.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      22 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes Dora, he was a brilliant actor wasn't he?

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the story. Seems fun. I've seen Gene Wilder in other movies and liked his work. I bet her's good here too.

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      22 months ago from USA

      I recall watching this several times when I was a kid. Gene Wilder was made for that part.

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      Linda Crampton 

      22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've seen part of this movie and thought it was so much fun. I need to watch the whole film some time.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from the beautiful south

      I haven't seen this with Gene Wilder and I did love that man so much! Thank you. I will make a point of seeing this.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      22 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I agree Frank, I wasn't too keen on the newer one either. I much prefer the old one.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      22 months ago from Shelton

      wow this review brought back some old memories.. I so enjoyed this movie.. the newer version with Depp, I didn't care for... but No one beats Wilder... what a fun trip back through memory lane I experienced reading this hub Coffee Queen..:)


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