Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Stars: Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson
Synopsis: The last of five coveted “golden tickets” falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.
Not to be mistaken for the 2005 Tim Burton remake, the original film is as delightfully eerie as it is whimsical, whisking us away to a fantasy world where, sure, wallpaper is flavored and no one calls Nanny 911 on histrionic brats like Veruca Salt. It speaks to our inner child, the one that eyes up candy in drugstore checkout aisles, and reassures us that if we do the right thing, one day we’ll live in edible houses (or whatever—it’s a metaphor).