The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal.Written by
Apart from Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and Cookie (the cafeteria cook), no other teachers or staff of Crunchem Hall are ever shown. See more »
4 year old Matilda (played by Sara Magdalin) has brown eyes. Older Matilda (Mara Wilson) has hazel-green eyes. Obviously the continuity between the two actresses can't be perfect, but it's very noticeable, particularly when there are several close-ups where Matilda's eyes are prominently displayed. See more »
[Miss Trunchbull has accused Matilda of going into her house]
Miss Trunchbull, I was the one who was at your house last night, and I think...
[grabbing and clenching Miss Honey's wrist very tightly in her fist]
I broke your arm once before; I can do it again, Jenny.
[suddenly mad, she briskly releases her arm from Miss Trunchbull's grip with her free hand]
I am *not* seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!
[the class gasps]
Shut your mouths!
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The opening and closing credits are displayed over various colored backgrounds. See more »
Danny DeVito touches on the viewpoint of children - and their imaginations - in this fantasy come to life: MATILDA.
Who of us as children didn't see the world in the powerful images of youthful, innocent eyes? The horrific Agatha Trunchbull, the kindly librarian, Mrs. Phelps? The annoying big brother 'Mikey', or the wondrous, perfect teacher, Miss Honey? Who of us as children didn't see that some things in life were wrong and wanted to put them right - if only we had magic powers!
Life as a child is fantastic and happy and exciting and scary. And in MATILDA we see all elements of childhood shine through by the intentionally ridiculous, over-the-top performances of Danny DeVito (Matilda's Dad), Rhea Perlman (Mom), and Pam Ferris (Ms. Trunchbull, the principal).
And yes, there is a scary element to the movie: The chase in Ms. Trunchbull's house; the "Chokey"; the spooky scene of Matilda taking back "Lizzie Doll" from Ms. Trunchbull while "haunting" her house. But this is the scariness of youth; shown from a safe distance for even the young audience. And despite the scariness - which kids KNOW exists - Matilda and Miss Honey and all their friends are victorious. Danny DeVito has demonstrated a lesson well-learned from the Disney animated films of yesteryear: The more evil the villain, the more noble and victorious the heroine.
To miss seeing MATILDA is to miss a heart-warming, hand-clapping, magical trip back to your childhood fantasies and ideals.
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