“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”
Can a movie that was released in 1971 be considered a classic? I can answer that: yes. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the original and musical takes on the classic novel. It is a classic in so many ways. You must first start with Willy Wonka himself Gene Wilder. Wilder is absolutely brilliant and a bit creepy as the chocolate genius. I still can’t believe he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar with this role!
The songs are a nice touch too. I am not a big fan of musicals but these songs are entertaining and fun. With the exception of the Cheer Up Charlie song which just almost puts me to sleep everytime I watch it. They did an amazing job casting the children in the movie. The amazing fact is that Peter Ostrum who played Charlie never made another movie! In fact this is the only movie he ever made! Awesome classic movie.
Final Worth: You got to own this classic!