As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Gene Wilder (1933-2016) Film
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka’s magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children – but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?
It may not be his best but Willy Wonka is for sure the film most people will remember him for. An iconic story and an iconic role, Wilder gave the oddball Wonka a depth and darkness that sat in a different world to the kids film he was in and left a haunting, memorable impression. But beyond the darkness, this was a film I watched so many times growing up. Be it wish fulfilment or fantasy, the film lives on for generations and will continue to do so – all anchored around a legendary performer delivering a legendary performance.
See also: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy