A bright little girl learns she has special powers, which she uses
to get even with her mean parents and evil school principal.
Directed by Danny DeVito
Written by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord
Starring Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman,
Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter,
Kiami Davael, Jimmy Karz
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl
Matilda has always been a favorite of mine. It's funny, charming, quirky, and has a heartfelt message about family and love. It's one of the best adaptations of Roald Dahl's work and has many memorable and colorful characters.
Mara Wilson can win over any curmudgeon with her performance as Matilda Wormwood. She creates one of the most likable and charming protagonists in family film history while at the same time effectively showing the effects of the abuse Matilda suffers throughout the film. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman play her horrible parents in such a way that even though you hate them, you still love to hear them talk. They help make this film the cult classic it's become. Pam Ferris, of course, delivers an unbelievably evil performance as the nightmare of 90's children everywhere, Miss Trunchbull. Her performance has since become iconic (as far as I'm concerned).
Matilda is an enjoyable film that has a little something for everyone, be it Carrie-esque psychic powers or a smorgasbord of bizarre characters. I have always been a fan and I definitely recommend it.