A Wilder World

For the 29th August…

“We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka

I’m not going to sit here and type about Gene Wilder’s iconic filmography, because I honestly can’t name more than three of his films. (Shameful, but true.) I’m not going to sit here and type about how I grew up with his movies, because I haven’t. I’m not going to sit here and type pages and pages about what a kind, inspiring and joyous man he was. (Spoilers: he was probably all those things and more.) Today, I’m going to focus on the one character that I’ve seen him play; Willy Wonka. I may have only seen him play one character, but it was his portrayal of Willy Wonka that made him iconic to me.

To the best Willy Wonka I have ever seen. Your rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’ cemented itself as one of my favourite songs; one that never fails to inspire, and one that reminds me to always try to see the wonder in life. It was because of ‘Pure Imagination’, that I finally realised how important imagination was to me personally. It is the reason why I now wish my friends ‘a child-like spark of wonder’ on their birthdays, and why I always make it a point to make up stories for my cousins.

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – Willy Wonka

Sometimes we all need a bit of imagination in our lives, and your Willy Wonka truly sparks a love for that wonder. And that, (in my book), is as good a deed as any.

Rest in peace, Gene Wilder.

Thank you for showing us a world of pure imagination.

{Song of the Post: Gene Wilder’s rendition of ‘Pure Imagination, of course (which is already linked in the post). Also, ‘Pure Imagination’ played by Scott Bradlee}


P.S. After a quick Google search, you may find that these quotes, while I can attribute them to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka dialogue, are actually from other text sources originally. I think the ‘music maker’ quote is from the poem ‘Ode’ by Arthur O’Shaughnessy, and the ‘good deed’ quote is from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare.


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