I’m aiming to write a short blog every day over the Christmas season. To get the ball rolling, the 5 best Christmas films ever. Part one.
5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Ok, so it doesn't have a Christmas theme, but for adults of a certain age, this 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mistletoe and Santa thanks to RTE's annual screenings for most of the 80s and 90s.
The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a little boy with no money but a good heart who dreams of being like other kids and having enough money to buy chocolate and sweets. Charlie enters into a magical world when he wins one of five golden tickets to visit the mysterious chocolate factory run by recluse Willy Wonka and his helpers the Oompa-Loompas.
Infinitely better than the 2005 remake, star Gene Wilder gives an edgier and at times almost sinister performance. Pure imagination.