The original movie didn’t make a splash at the box office, but it became a favourite for every generation of kids since its premiere. There’s a reason for that. Gene Wilder gave a signature performance as the witty, effervescent chocolatier and dream-maker. He made the film endlessly watchable. And the original also did justice to Roald Dahl’s beloved novel. It offers a still-relevant lesson on greed and calls out bad parents everywhere. All with dashes of humour, zany set pieces and touching emotional moments. Wilder captures Wonka’s sarcasm as well as his genuine love for good deeds. Not even Johnny Depp could fill Wilder’s shoes and Tim Burton’s 2005 remake turned out overwrought. It missed the key ingredient—magic.
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