Shawn's Top 30 Films - #7: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I think everybody has a movie they always go to when they need a quick pick-me-up and this is absolutely that movie for me. No matter what kind of shit life is hurling at me, this movie always makes me walk away with a smile. Sure the story of an eccentric, reclusive madman who casually terrorizes and perhaps even murders a group of children in order to find someone to run his factory populated by tiny orange slaves doesn’t sound overly cheerful, but it puts me in a great mood man. I love everything about it. The characters, the writing, the songs (oh man the songs), the sets, everything. Plus that tunnel scene may be the most random and terrifying scene ever committed to film, so you get whimsy and sheer terror. It’s the complete package!

Oh and once again, stay the fuck away from the remake.