Matilda (1996)

Matilda is one of the best kept hidden gems you will ever find in the family section. I’ve been watching this film since it came out almost 25 years ago and it never gets old. Jammed pack with great characters and laughs, this is the type of film that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. 

Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) lives with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), who mistreat their daughter every minute of every day. They don’t value her as a person and expect her to fall in love with the life they have built through conning people at the car dealership. Matilda was a unique person who was so curious about life that she took it upon herself to read, write, and learn how to move things with her mind. 

In a world that is as crazy and dark as it sounds (they lock kids up in a closet for being bad at school), Matilda is quite a beckon for good things. The places she finds herself daily may seem unpleasant, but with one swipe of her hand, the scenery changes and those around her can finally feel safe and happy. 

I have nothing bad to say about this movie, I’ve always enjoyed it. I’m sure most of you have watched this film at least once before, and if you haven’t, I’d highly recommend it. There are so many lessons to take away from the story, thanks to the characters behind it. Even though it is set in a fictional world where good-natured people will outlast the bad. 8/10

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