Saturday, March 9, 2013

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Tonight I went and saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory being shown on the big screen at the Old Redford Theatre.  This is a refurbished Detroit Theatre with a working pipe organ that shows older movies.  This weekend they had a Willy Wonka Event where they showed the movie as well as had personal appearances with Peter Ostram (Charlie Bucket) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), they did an intro before the film as well as gave some behind the scenes moments during the intermission.  Like every other showing I have seen at the Old Redford it was a lot of fun.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is the 1971 movie adaptation of the Roald Daul book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder plays Willy Wonka, a chocolate maker recluse that puts out a contest where there are five Golden Tickets being released within his chocolate bars, the five lucky children who find these golden tickets get to spend the day visiting and touring his chocolate factor with the winner getting a life time supply of chocolate.  I am going under the impression that everyone has scene this movie or at least knows the general plot because if you haven't i am assuming you have been living under a rock since it became a hit after it was first shown on television. 
Roald Daul was my favorite childhood writer and it is always great to see his books made into movies. These stories are always twisted with ugly people getting into unpleasant situations and good people coming out on top.  I hope that anyone who hasn't seen this movie in a while go back and watch it and relive a hopefully good part (and a little bit frightening) part of their childhood.
This showing was fun and I got to hear some fun little stories, such as the actor who played Mike Teevee's dad had a horrible time actually saying his one line "not until your twelve son" and that Denise Nickerson who played Violate Beauregaurd turned blued a week after filming the blueberry scene because the makeup had sunk into her pours and resurfaced.  It was fun to watch this movie with a large crowd of fans who were clapping and excited to just be having this experience together.

My rating: 3
Nostalgic Rating: 4

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