“Matilda” was directed, starred in, produced, and narrated by Danny DeVito. It
was also produced by Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Liccy Dahl, and Danny DeVito. I
saw the movie at home on DVD. We own the movie because the book it was based upon,
by Roald Dahl, was read to my class in elementary school. The main characters are
Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), Mr. Wormwood (Danny DeVito), Mrs. Wormwood
(Rhea Perlman), Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz), and Mrs. Trunchbull (Pam Ferris). The
movie is almost entirely based upon Dahl’s book, “Matilda”.
The story is about this very bright little girl named Matilda. She was adopted by the
Wormwoods. They lived in a very nice house surrounded by very nice people, but the
Wormwoods were not very nice people. Matilda loves to read, but the rest of her family
loves watching TV even more. Mr. Wormwood and Matilda never see eye to eye, but
eventually Matilda finds a power in her self. She uses her new power to make life better
for herself and her teacher, Miss Honey. This adventure began when Matilda was able to
start school. She was finally able to find happiness in something other than her books.
Her principle, Mrs. Trunchbull is the most vile and mean lady I’ve ever seen. She does
not believe in fun and hates children. Matilda and her new found power were able to
chase Mrs. Trunchbull out of the school, never to be seen again.
Danny DeVito’s main aim in this film is to show that there is a power inside of
everyone. Whether or not that person can unleash that power is all up to the amount of
courage and confidence one has. Strength is not always about how much you can lift, but
rather how clever one can be. The major theme is that there is greatness in everyone, even
if we can’t see it. The ideas are indeed fresh, but they’re Roald Dahl’s. I wouldn’t call the
story to be challenging, but it does capture the attention of anyone is interested in magical
stories. I didn’t even notice anything objectionable about the film.
I’d give the director and the actor’s five stars. They all did an excellent job
becoming the character they played. The piece of acting that stands out is when Matilda
is told at different times by her father and Mrs. Trunchbull, “I’m right and you’re wrong.
I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” The movie was
available to the public in 1996. The 90s were a perfect time for a film like “Matilda”. I’ve
noticed that the camera coordinators used a lot of slow zoom ins. The lighting on set
seems to be made by the lamps and props. When it comes to costumes, Mr. Wormwood
wears his hair greased back and he wears a suit. Mrs. Wormwood wears extra brightly
colored and caked makeup; she dyes her hair, and always tries to look her best. Matilda
wears a ribbon tied in her hair, dresses, and overalls.
“Matilda” is one of my favorite movies especially because of the original taken
story line. I always enjoy watching it. Matilda’s classroom (without Mrs. Trunchbull)
reminds me of the class where my teacher read “Matilda” to us. I would recommend this
movie to anyone who likes empowering and confidence building stories. This movie is
also perfect for families with little kids. The story couldn’t have been written any better
by anyone else. It should never be re-made or written.