Wilder makes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a children's movie, an acceptable movie for adults to stop and watch. That film is a terrible musical about a sweet kid until Wilder shows up as Wonka. He displays a wide range, and when serious or comedic actors take a role in a children's movie now, they are inevitably compared to his gold standard performance. He is fun, sweet, edgy (the row boat sequence), angry, charming and tender in 90 minutes.
How can you not laugh at his faux distressed lines as the children make poor choices of "Don't. Stop.", "Help... police.", etc. He mocks Mike Teevee and pushes back on Violet and Veruca when their parents would never ever think of it. He grabs Veruca by the face and politely gives her the STFU child routine during the snozzberry wallpaper sequence. Note that each child makes a horrible choice driven by their key flaw, but the entire time their parent indulges the behavior. That film is smack in the middle of a stretch from The Producers to Silver Streak where Wilder was money.
My personal favorite role of his was in Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex...". Wilder plays Dr. Ross who listens to a patient explain his love for a sheep. Dr. Ross sits in disbelief, but then immediately falls for the sheep as well. Wilder turns the dial from straight faced, mild doctor in a ridiculous situation (talking to a sheep in bed in garters), to then losing his cool and yelling at the top of his lungs that he is a "trained doctor" when breaking down as a waiter. It's the Will Ferrell "I drive a Dodge Stratus" sketch decades in advance. Wilder sells you on it. He is just normal enough looking yet off to hook you on the "he was such a nice guy" murderer next door.
In my home, one will hear "franc-en-STEEN", "what knockers!", "little bastard shot me in the ass", "I am a doctor of medicine!", "You get NOTHING!" and other lines. When the kids are old enough, Willy Wonka will play, and we'll share the magic of a candy man come to life.
Last week I wrote on how multiculturalism erodes security for a political unit/state. Not feeling of security, but the actual nuts and bolts of maintaining security and therefore civilization. Weimerica Weekly was about weddings in 21st century America.
This week I write on the bipartisan war party and how it is not so unique to America and a symptom of democracy. Weimerica Weekly will be on the toe dipping by the media on the next sexual deviancy to sell. Not just that but how they use the deviant and taboo to smear the normal.