Willy’s Wonderland

Willy's Wonderland (2021) - IMDb

This is one of the highlights from the dregs of the beginning of the year. I was wary of Wally’s Wonderland because of Nicolas Cage. He’s either a highlight of the film or the main thing you can do is laugh at everything in it. Willy’s Wonderland takes the premise and lets it get as ridiculous as it needs to be. It also gets time to breath as you learn about the backstory and characters.

Willy’s Wonderland was directed by Kevin Lewis. It was written by G. O. Parsons. I’ve not seen anything that either of them has done. Parsons had only written one other thing before this, while working as an actor mostly. Lewis has several credits before this, but I’ve not even heard of anything he’s done. I’ll try to check out some of his other stuff after seeing this.

Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Christian Del Grosso, Caylee Cowan, Terayle Hill, Jonathan Mercedes, Beth Grant, and Devid Sheftell. This is really Nicolas Cage’s movie, even with him having no lines of dialogue. The fact that all of the other characters act like that’s completely normal helps the enjoyment of the movie.

Willy’s Wonderland’s plot follows The Janitor as he experiences car troubles. He’s passing through a small town and then has to figure out a way to pay for it to get fixed. He is told that if he cleans up the entire place before sunup the next day the owner will pay for his car to get fixed. A local group of friends are trying to burn the place down because of its past. The janitor keeps cleaning and dealing with whatever comes up, which includes the possessed animatronics. The friends break-in and then everything goes to hell.

The suits for the animatronic characters in Willy’s Wonderland are amazing. Each of them have a distinct look and plays into their characters. The CG effects look good as they work together with practical effects. The music is done by Émoi. There’s the music outside of the Wonderland as well as the music inside. The music that plays inside, specifically the music from jukebox, adds to the weirdness of what happens in the wonderland.

Willy’s Wonderland is a hell of a fun watch. The premise of Nicolas Cage vs Five Nights at Freddie’s is kind of an accurate description. There’s more to it than that, but until there’s an actual adaptation of that property this will work as an entertaining alternative. I rented it at the beginning of the year, but it was put on Hulu. It being on Hulu means that more people will discover it. I give Willy’s Wonderland 9 cans of Punch Pop out of 10.

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