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Matilda (1996)

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world

Directed by:

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito

Rating: 8/10

Running Time: 98 minutes

UK Certificate: PG


Country: United States

There’s not a shadow of doubt in my mind that Roald Dahl was responsible for producing some of the finest children’s books ever written. His stories were dark yet extremely funny, knowing yet never patronising, and positively bursting with imagination. You’ve guessed it – I’m a bit of a fan. More importantly, Danny DeVito obviously is as well, otherwise how can you account for how perfectly he captures the Dahl spirit in this marvellous big screen adaptation of the classic ‘Matilda’?

This isn’t the cutesy, kiddy-winky matinee-filler it might at first appear. Though Mara Wilson undoubtedly scores a sky-high rating on the adorability index as the sparkly-eyed little girlie of the film’s title, she’s surrounded by the kind of characters you certainly won’t see popping up in a ‘Winnie the Pooh’ flick any time soon.

Her school’s headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), is a giant, hog-like woman who throws children around by their hair and lives by the motto ‘use the rod, beat the child’. Her father (DeVito) is a crooked car dealer who uses ‘Super Super Glue’ to attach faulty bumpers and is having his every move watched by the FBI. Even her mum (Rhea Perlman) would rather gossip on the telephone or watch the gogglebox than listen to her daughter.

It takes nicey-nicey teacher Miss Honey, a woman who loves the children in her class (and not in a creepy way) to finally take notice of Matilda’s unique abilities. And, as it turns out, calling Matilda ‘unique’ is putting it mildly.

DeVito’s marvellously macabre directorial style suits the tale right down to the ground, while the casting is spot-on. Ferris regularly steals the show as the grunting Trunchbull, DeVito himself is on top comic form as a bad dad, and the kids involved all play their part without fault.

It's Got: Dark, dark humour and some seriously dysfunctional characters. All in the name of good fun, of course.

It Needs: A better DVD package – an audio commentary from DeVito would go down a treat.

DVD Extras Nothing here. DVD Extras Rating: 0/10


The Witches, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory


One of the best live action family flicks of recent years, ‘Matilda’ is remarkably consistent with Dahl’s book and both kids and adults will love it. I know I do.


  1. Valentina
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I love the Matilda Because my whole famliy loves to watch it and Matilda is a Sweet girl but awful Parents in the Movie

  2. Posted February 12, 2010 at 4:34 am | Permalink


  3. Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    MATILDA is awsome………if only the parent weren[‘t so meann N GREEDDDDYY!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

  4. Posted April 11, 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    matida is a intalligent girl. i like this movie and my family member and i alsa like to watch this movie.

  5. Posted April 11, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    matida is a intalligent girl. i like this movie and my family member and i also like to watch this movie.

  6. samantha
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    matida is a sick movie evey1 shud wtch it

  7. Posted August 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    well. matilda is a sweet/inteligant and very bright girl but for her parents they can arrested for the hell i dont care but i love matilda and her new mother/teacher ms honey.

  8. Posted August 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink


  9. Posted October 13, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    let alone the mean parents matilda is a very intelergent kid and the book and the movie is special and intresting too

  10. megan knight
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    i love this film, its the best. Matilda is the best film i have ever seen i knoew evry word on this film. Its truley amzing, Everyone should watch it becayse it s funny, intelliegent, company and everything else. I have loved this film since i was born i am now 13 years old turning 14 in november. Happy birthday to me!Everytime MATILDA is on T.V i run to the T.V and start glancing at it. I knoee literally every word of this film. I must f seen it about 50 times and can watch it over and over again. Enjoyy everyone!

    Have fun!!!!!!

  11. Nicole Jackson
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    i love this film ive loved it since i was born; this is definetley the best film i have every seen and i love it to bits! everytime its on tv i go run to the teli and say oh matila! I am now 13 andi still love this film like it only bin out for a few weeks! maltida is a very inteligent girl who i think is very nice and funny girl. i would definetly go back to the cinemas if it was in the cienemas because this film is the best ever.

  12. Nicole Jackson
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    hello megan

  13. megan knight
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Helo nicoleee i <3 youuuu babeee xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  14. joane
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    sick movie funy as wellllll hahhahahahhahaha worth watchin just finish watchin now ity was sick well as cooooool couldnt find movie first but then i found it watced it 3,4 times hahahahahhahahahahahahaahhhhhhhh

  15. abubakar
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    i hate this movie

  16. abubakar
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    sorry ilove this movie because Matilda is a genius girl.

  17. ahmad and saif
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink


  18. Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    oh my gosh this movie is very veryyyyy goooood awsome n bla bla bla……beside that her parent r soo meannn:(nys i<3 it

  19. hoda almonsori
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    omg i love this movie soooooooo freking much such a fun and epic way to use up time and matilda is sooooooooooo cute hope they make a num 2 ILY :)iv seen this movie so many yimes i no evry word in it 🙂

  20. stefania
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    il film è stupendo ma a me piace piu il libro

  21. Posted April 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I love love the ending it make me cry

  22. Katrin
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    I watched this movie today in class! Awesome!!!

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