Matilda (1996)
June 8, 2022 6:38 AM - Subscribe

An extraordinarily intelligent young girl (Mara Wilson) from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal. Danny DeVito directed this adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel.

Currently streaming in the US on Starz. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total)

When I saw this movie, my admiration for Danny DeVito went way up. This is excellent directing.
posted by acrasis at 3:28 PM on June 8, 2022 [2 favorites]

This is the BEST Roald Dahl adaptation of all time. Fight me, Wonka Nerds!
posted by wabbittwax at 3:49 PM on June 8, 2022 [8 favorites]

This movie holds up really well, not least because Mara Wilson has held up so well.

I like this essay Wilson wrote a couple of years ago, imagining what Matilda might be like at 30.

Also the fact that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman took such care with Wilson, both on set and after her mother died, makes it easier to watch their characters be ludicrously horrible to Matilda.
posted by the primroses were over at 4:11 PM on June 8, 2022 [5 favorites]

Good for kids, good for adults.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 7:52 AM on June 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

As you probably know, the book was also made into a Broadway musical and that musical is now coming to Netflix.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 11:38 AM on June 18, 2022

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