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Director: Matthew Warchus
Writers: Roald Dahl, Dennis Kelly
Stars: Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Andrea Riseborough

Spy Kids may have had cooler action scenes, and Shrek had the childish goofiness, but looking back at the movies I watched as a kid, it’s the 1996 Matilda 2022 movie that I remember most fondly. Starring Mara Wilson as the precocious daughter of two con-artist louts, Matilda is a charming and endearingly strange modern fairy tale, a tale of the triumph of kindness over cruelty that is never preachy or predictable. Directed with eccentric enthusiasm by Danny DeVito, who also plays Matilda’s crooked father, it’s a kids’ movie that shares its young protagonist’s sense of wonder, set in a magical realist version of suburban California that feels brimming with life to this day.

Matilda is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 book of the same name, and like most adaptations of Dahl’s work, the film gives the source material a wide berth. However, unlike most of Dahl’s adaptations, the changes make it even better; keeping the weird and witty spirit of the original text while developing the story into something that doesn’t feel thin when stretched out over 90 minutes.

If anything, it’s the changes to DeVito’s Matilda that make the movie so enjoyable. Matilda’s parents, Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, are TV-obsessed hustlers who are too busy running beauty products and dodgy car deals to care about their daughter. They are played with gleeful villainy by DeVito and his then-wife Rhea Perlman, a pair of nouveau riche, cartoonish bimbos whose vanity and arrogance ultimately lead them directly into the path of two FBI agents, played by Paul Reubens and Tracey Walter.


Much of the film’s fun comes from watching DeVito and Perlman rock their scenes: They’re the embodiment of vulgarity, tapping into the same wicked sense of glee one gets from watching Real Housewives or Bling Empire.

As her parents look away, Matilda turns her flashy family home into her own playground, using miraculously acquired powers of telekinesis to make all the food she could eat and read any book she wants from library. A mid-film montage of Matilda learning to use her powers, set in Thurston Harris’s Little Bitty Pretty One, is a joyous parade of visual gags and everyday magic that surely sparked more than a few childhood self-sufficiency fantasies.

In fact, it’s remarkable how much time DeVito spends developing Matilda’s inner self. The scenes where she cooks for herself, reads, or walks to the library by herself feel as important as any of the moments that drive the plot. Matilda has the kind of rich inner life you rarely find in child protagonists: self-sufficient and sophisticated, but also reckless and occasionally reckless. This is a wacky and weird movie, but it’s these fine details that make it so great.

This is not to mention the film’s A-plot, which involves Matilda’s blossoming friendship with her teacher, Miss Honey, and the pair’s quest to rid the school of its evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, an iconic villain of all time. . Played by Pam Ferris, Trunchbull is an overgrown, unsightly stalker, fond of forcing her students to eat cake to the point of making them sick and picking them up by their pigtails to throw them across the yard.

It’s the schoolyard torture scenes that tend to stick in people’s minds, strange and terrifying as they are. This is fair enough: Ferris is a total scene stealer as Trunchbull, but Matilda is worth watching or rewatching for the little details, the little moments of irreverent humor and eccentricity that have helped it endure as a classic.

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