Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) - Family, Fantasy, Musical

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A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 24 out of 386 found boring (6.21%)

One-line Reviews (161)

After they enter the chocolate factory, apart from one song from Veruca Salt, all they have are the repetition of the oompa-loompa's moralistic ditties against gum, television, etc. What a bunch of (if you pardon the term) blue-nosed bores.

A very compelling, unusual and strange little children's movie that I thoroughly enjoy, to this day.

Overall a musical about imagination and inspiration with a little bit of insanity making it worth watching many times.

I thought WWATCC was the most boring kids' movie I've ever seen.

I saw this at ten when it first came out and enjoyed it.

Want to change the world, there's nothing to it…'), but there are also some that have to do mostly with the movie but are still just as enjoyable, such as the classic song that Wonka sings in the tunnel on board his boat (curiously named `Wonkatania'), which was creepily covered by Marilyn Manson a couple of decades later.

A beautifully stunning film with set pieces good enough to eat and music so delightful it makes you want to cry.

It's a shame because the songs near the mid point really serve to slow the film down a bit.

Such a simple yet deep concept is so pleasingly intriguing that one finds itself falling into the world half-way through the feature without even blinking.

However, it quickly became very intriguing to me as we see Charlie's loving family for the first time, and basically stayed this way for the rest of the film!

As I grew up and became more educated, the movie became even more entertaining and enjoyable.

In the end, we'll find Wonka's true intentions regarding his unexpected and special tour, a happy ending being mandatory here.

All I can say to sum up is that the film is full of great music, it is enjoyable for all the family and it is a film of Pure Imagination.

"His tale is odd, yet strangely entertaining.

What he gets is more than a little unexpected, I'm sure.

It's Quite Enlightening and Enjoyable.

It's quirky, it's entertaining, and it involves lots and LOTS of candy and chocolate.

The musicals weren't cheesy or dumb like many movies, and they fit in with the story plot, so instead of just having some people walking and singing with nothing happening, the movie 'played' in the background with the actors singing.

Wilder's Wonka is iconic and the story's deft use of 'pure imagination' makes for an enjoyable ride.

Charming, and hugely enjoyable.

A gripping screenplay by Roald Dahl, himself who wrote the original book from which it is adapted, and Mel Stuart with his brilliant execution skills ups the ante and easily allows it to enter into the major league.

But a great movie is enjoyable in spite of its flaws.

The movie might start out a little slow and overly dramatic with the extended portrait of the poor Charlie Bucket who has to work in order to support his family and he can only secretly dream about winning a grand tour in the wonderful chocolate factory owned by the mysterious Willy Wonka.

It is fascinating to read some of the comments here about the "depiction of smoking", the killing of chickens, or Grandpa Joe's selfishness in this film.

Why does it seem so effortlessly enjoyable?

A wonderful adaptation from Roald Dahl (personally he despise the movie)a great cast, wonderful soundtrack good storyline makes a movie worth watching.

This is undoubtedly the worst movie ever made.

This is a must see for anyone looking for a movie that is both entertaining and fun.

Director Stuart deftly crafts a light, yet dark and sardonic tone as well as keeps the immensely entertaining story moving along at a brisk pace.

Four of the adults on an exclusive tour of Mr. Wonka's candy factory practically have to be dragged from one room to the next, endlessly complaining, nitpicking, worrying about safety and contracts and health codes, accusing and threatening their host with lawsuits and bodily harm.

Still, neither flaw can detract from this film's truly original and entertaining score.

While it certainly isn't a tremendous film, it is perfectly watchable, entertaining and without much bad stuff.

This is a hugely enjoyable film, based upon the book by Roald Dahl.

While it's been awhile since I've seen it, I still think of it as an enjoyable movie to watch and I feel like everybody deserves to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at least once.

Doubtless there are some who would not enjoy this movie, as with any movie, but it is certainly among the best kids movies ever made, that is also enjoyable for adults.

It's a family film, but one of the most important aspects of a family film is that it has to be enjoyable for a variety of ages.

As for the pace, it was rather swift in spite of a couple of the scenes before the factory being a bit boring and I found the ending a tad rushed and felt that there could have been more to it.

On performance objective, Gene Wilder is stunning and satisfactory as usual and is supported by talented young actors and their humorous guardians.

Willy Wonka is the most fascinating of film characters, completely unpredictable from the outset.

I always liked the scene with the edible room and the Umpah Lumpahs, but everything else seemed odd and slow-moving to a certain degree.

WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY was the 1971 musical loosely based on Roald Dahl's book CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY that despite its enormous differences from the book, still makes an entertaining musical that continues to entertain new generations of young filmgoers.

It is an adaptation of a novel by acclaimed children's author Roald Dahl, and as such, the plot is whimsical and engrossing.

It is wonderful for kids and maybe even more enjoyable for the adults.

And now, at a ripe old age, I still think it's an enjoyable farce.

WWACF is an enjoyable escape from reality, and is actually very well made.

One of the things that makes this film so intriguing is that it could have been made at any time.

The music numbers are ones you'll remember for a long time, catchy snappy ones written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

It's a really enjoyable family comedy and there's not a doubt in my mind that it will hold up for many years to come.

Gene Wilder is great as Willy Wonka-this is a vastly entertaining and interesting family flick.

An enjoyable movie for the whole family.

Most children over the age of eight should find it a wild and enjoyable ride.

Want to change the world, there's nothing to it…'), but there are also some that have to do mostly with the movie but are still just as enjoyable, such as the classic song that Wonka sings in the tunnel on board his boat (curiously named 'Wonkatania'), which was creepily covered by Marilyn Manson a couple of decades later.

It's a classic, timeless tale that is also very entertaining.

It was slow, patronising and contrived from the outset.

Adults can be tickled by the smart, snappy dialogue and by Gene Wilder being a sarcastic wiseacre throughout, in what must be considered the role of his career.

As well as being often psychedelic, it is Gene Wilder's wild yet subtle portrayal of the unpredictable and possibly quite evil Willy Wonka that truly captures Dahl's essence.

So many pointless changes where made, terrible songs where added and the magic was drained from the original prose.

A most enjoyable fantasy about a young boy's dream come true, with some telling messages about gluttony, television, spoiled children and chewing gum, all delightfully delivered by the midget like Oompa Lumpas.

The Roald Dahl book was great, but the film isn't Dahl, it's dull.

Definitely worth watching.

Both are worth watching.

Tim Burton's recent version of the classic Roald Dahl story may have been more faithful to its source material, but this 1971 musical adaptation of the much loved children's classic, directed by Mel Stuart, is still well worth watching as it manages to accurately capture the feel of the book and is a whole heap of fun.

Strange yet entertaining...

But Gene Wilder seemed bored and detached - his brilliance is really only showcased by Mel Brooks.

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate FactoryThe stunning rich visuals that projects excellence in production and costume design along with amazing graphics in 70's, is the window where the feature lures its audience in and flaunts it majestically.

On a lighter note, whose with me on thinking that "the most perfect high in existence" could be achieved through the lighter-than-air combination of Willy Wonka's Fizzy Lifting Drink and (if I were a druggie) a giant, slow-burning, reefer one that's over-flowing with the worlds most potent pot.

It was re-released a few years later when I enjoyed it again.

Just Watch The Movie called Charlie and the chocolate Factory and you'll see how it's more consistent to the book but that this is still even more enlightening and enjoyable.

This is the half where we go from drab to ultra-imaginative, with Wilder's enigmatic – if disturbingly tactile – Wonka steals the film.

"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination" as we are guided through the Wonka Factory by the unpredictable Willy Wonka showing that anything is possible with some imagination.

Kids get Bored at this film because there is no joy in it and no sense of imagination to it although Gene Wilder keeps singing his chocolate factory is a world of pure imagination, Johnny Depp's chocolate factory is a world of pure imagination.

This movie is about as good as it gets, barring the tedious first 30 minutes before Gene Wilder comes on screen.

The set designs of the chocolate factory, in particular, are stunning, just like the sets of Munchkinland in "The Wizard of Oz.

Seeing these awful brats get their come-uppance is hilarious, enjoyable and - on a serious level - quite eye-opening (it's as if parents in the audience are being told how to prevent their children from turning bad).

And, as a result they are so different, it's worth watching them both and DON'T compare them--just enjoy.

But I refuse to lie to myself, because I can readily see and hear the many flaws in this film, especially in it's first half, which alternates from being drab and boring, to shrill and irritating.

Gene Wilder (RIP) is simply fantastic as Willy Wonka, the eccentric King of Candy and his performance is, unquestionably, the best thing about the movie; he injects the film with some desperately needed energy, excitement and purpose - which partly makes up for the films painfully slow start.

He was a real showman in the role, and his comic timing is a huge reason why the movie is so enjoyable after so many years.

The last and most intriguing question that I have regarding the Religious spin of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory is by who's design does it occur.

The film gets better and exciting as it progresses.

And some welcome dark-comedic vignettes during the hunt for the golden ticket should please adults who are trying to persuade their kids a half-century-old movie with shoddy effects is worth the waste of a dull afternoon.

by Gene Wilder and it was overall entertaining.

It's a very fascinating and mysterious family film, which the whole family can enjoy for different reasons...

It's a family film, but one of the most important aspects of a family film is that it has to be enjoyable for a variety of ages.

I've never read the book, but the movie is quite entertaining.

Akin to those identity-stealing `educational' (read: propaganda) shorts, they teach you that everything you do is wrong and you are only slightly LESS wrong by denying individuality.

But sadly I find Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to be a rather ponderous and distinctly underwhelming experience and 46 years after it's release the whole film looks very, very dated.

It's very enjoyable and amusing, while Willy's character is playing a great part in this unique atmosphere.

Shameless Horror-Propaganda, or Twisted Genius.

His Willy Wonka is, naturally, a reclusive oddball who, in the course of the factory tour, proves to be an intriguing combination of secretive, controlling, unpredictable grown-up and candid, excitable, mischievous, capricious child.

Although I have not read the book in at least 25 years, the movie is still very enjoyable to me.

Boring Boring Boring!

Great movie and worth watching again and again!.

Charlie is a simpering bland child who I suppose will do; really it's what you'd expect in a story which has to portray a quite simple idea of virtue and goodness.

A couple of the songs are tolerable but most are just pointless.

Gene Wilder is absolutely great as Willy Wonka, an unpredictable and endlessly character, you're never quite sure what to make of him.

I think it recaptures perfectly what made the book so engaging.

This makes the film even more enjoyable for children; they get to see their parents acting like maniacs, the way the children themselves would.

The morality tale that was at the core of Roald Dahl's novel is merely there to take the curse of an experimental and enjoyable film: take from it what you will.

From the oompa loompas to the TV that can shrink candy bars, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has an intense imagination embedded in the dream of a little boy that could be anything if he simply believed that he could be anything he wanted.

The use of vibrant colors within the Wonka factory creates a true fantasy land contrasting with the drab surrounding city.

Wonka is fascinating, funny and often terrifying.

I've loved this movie since I was a child, and just rented it on DVD the other day, and reminded myself of why I enjoyed it so much.

Which, as you'd imagine, only makes Charlie's miraculous discovery of a Wonka ticket all the more infectiously rousing.

Cliched story, terrible pace, predictable.

However half of this movie IS boring.

This was an entertaining film that should keep your interest.

It's still better than the book and mildly enjoyable to watch.

It is very enjoyable, fun, and clever.

Like many kids, I enjoyed it for the fact that it was based on candy and showed kids getting their run of a chocolate factory (I even saved up coupons from cereals and got a "Willy Wonka chocolate making kit").

Yet despite these flaws, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is hugely entertaining and probably the best family film of the 1970s.

The mise-en-scene is rather bland and flat ala Disney.

This movie is suitable for everybody, no matter the age(Burton's version isn't something 4-year olds should watch), and, despite a few differences between film and book, and the musical numbers,quite enjoyable.

Once inside the factory, the film coasts happily along on Gene Wilder's coattails (he's incredibly nutty, occasionally a jerk, but always unpredictable).

The film is long, tedious, and disjointed in too many areas to be a success.

One moment seeming totally normal, and the next randomly talking and singing to himself, Wilder's Wonka is a man on the edge.

I give this movie 10 out of 10 because i just think that it is fantastic and very enjoyable to watch.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a truly magnificent piece of filmmaking and remains one of the most fascinating and wonderful adventure films ever made.

My sister and I watched this film at a male friend's house when we were children, which his parents had taped, and we enjoyed it, albeit having parts from the book that were missing (I slightly prefer the 2005 remake because it is more faithful to the book and is more substantial if darker).

Whereas other children are waste their money buying chocolates, Charlie dedicates his meager newspaper-delivery wages towards providing bread for his overworked mother (Diana Sowle) and four bed-ridden grandparents.

"Artistic" - too boring to even finish .

entertaining, fun, songs you could sing, etc. I watched it again a few times as an adult and found it amazingly smart and fun for completely different reasons.

this is the worst movie I have ever seen.

On top of that, the film is never dull, always entertaining.

I might be the only one to think it but I found the first half of the film to be a lot more charming, thoughtful and entertaining than what actually happens in the factory.

) The second half of the story is intriguing because of the co-star of the film: Willy Wonka - a no-nonsense candy maker who doesn't put up with the brats - was fascinating to watch.

It's an enjoyable watch.

There's certainly a lot to enjoy here but the second half of the film really left me bored to the point where I was struggling to stay awake.

I always hated the musical interludes - they dragged on forever and felt more like filler than story information.

I was not disappointed, for then I became completely immersed in the films warm, chocolate blanket.

I have watched it as a child and as an adult and enjoyed it more with each viewing.

But overall I thought that the film was enjoyable.

It is on my top of list of worst movies ever made.

All the awful and pointless images projected across the screen look cheap and gratuitous--unlike the rest of the film.

The songs are lovely, especially Oompa Loompa, Imagination and I want it Now, though I will say I felt Cheer Up Charlie was rather tedious and slowed the film down quite considerably.

But the search for the golden tickets was too drawn out and went on for too long.

The music was entertaining, and the Oompa Loompas were pretty funny.

This is a great film, enjoyable by all ages.

I'm struggling to get away from words like nice, pleasant and I suppose bland - it seems to me, all in all, to be one of those films you remember better from your youth than when seeing it again as an adult.

It is a story meant to be seen by children and beyond entertaining them provide them lessons (some visible and some practically invisible) on how they should conduct themselves.

The dialogue was trite, the surprises unsurprising.

Based on Roald Dahl's story, and directed by Mel Stuart, this children's favorite is an engaging(if uneven) fantasy/musical with good songs and an elaborate set of Wonkaland(complete with Oompa Loompas).

It has hilarious comedy, a suspenseful storyline (though almost everyone knows what will happen), great special effects (for 1971), well-developed, unique characters, and of course, a story that any sweet-toothed viewer can relate to.

The effects they used were very modern and intriguing for it's time and that's only one element that makes this movie so fantastic.

He is a truly eccentric and fascinating man, and Gene Wilder captures the character flawlessly, as he delivers the lines from the brilliantly written script.

First of all, it's very entertaining for all ages and it has some parts which are really scary for kids like when Wonka takes his guests through a tunnel full of nightmarish images such as a chicken getting its head cut off which was actually edited out for television.

I have always felt and thought that the beginning of the movie goes on for a bit too long and might be a bit too boring, for young kids especially.

But Wolper, no doubt with an eye on expenses, decided it would work better in a more intimate (and more boring) setting.

I enjoyed it as a child because it had wit and cunning, and managed to be moral without preaching (which seems to be beyond the capabilities of today's children's filmmakers).

Surrealisticly entertaining .

They're beautifully choreographed,that's true,but the dull, obnoxious songs aren't exactly like in Disney films.

Great movie and it's worth watching over and over again!

Overall this movie is just classic and very enjoyable with great music, set designs, as well as great performances, and funny moments.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is visually stunning and cleverly written.

Actually, the removal of the execution of the chicken made the whole film so much more enjoyable.

It's not groundbreaking, but it's whimsy and enjoyable.

But from his memorable first appearance walking slowly with a limp to doing a somersault, his dynamic energy is instantly engaging because it's so carefully precise.

Gene Wilder portrays Willy Wonka brilliantly by being crazy and unpredictable.

An entertaining mix of irony, camp and charm, it is made of the stuff that produces dreams in the young and a longing for insouciance for the old.

A slow first half (I know, build characters) grinds to a halt with the sappy ballad sung to Charlie by Mrs. Bucket.

This colorful and imaginative musical is endlessly entertaining, especially for the pre-teen set.