Matilda [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgment is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny. The DVD release has a pan-and-scan, full-screen presentation only, plus Dolby sound and optional French and Spanish soundtracks. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris, is a sadist. She is definitely mean. At two places in the movie she throws a child out a school window (she is really, really mean). Matilda's parents are self-absorbed and at best ignore Matilda, which occasionally borders on abuse. The images of Matilda's school can be disturbing, especially the "Chokie", a small cramped dark closet with spikes in the door. These images could be disturbing for younger children, particularly those under the age of 7 or 8. However, you have to judge the ability of your child to understand that these images are not real. These are the dark parts of the movie.
Matilda is clearly a genius, as evidenced by her actions from a very early age. Matilda overcomes her not very bright parents and learns how to fend for herself in the world. In fact, after a while she treats her parents as something to be concerned about, because they clearly do not know how to take care of themselves in the world.
Matilda is a positive role model throughout the movie. She learns to read on her own, and finds the value in the library and books. She learns that there are people who understand her (Miss Jennifer Honey, played by Embeth Davidtz) and love her for who she is. She also learns that people who seem scary to her (Miss Trunchbull) can be scary to others. Her desire to protect others and do what is right helps her overcome her fear of Miss Trunchbull and do what is right.
Mara Wilson plays Matilda very well. She has a lot of talent, and makes Matilda come alive.Read more ›
Matilda escapes her life as an unpaid and unloved receiving clerk for her father's business (which is under surveillance by inept FBI agents) by devouring every book she can lay her hands on.
The next step in her liberation is toward Crunchem Hall, the neighborhood school run by -- well, I won't spoil the plot, just suffice it to say that "Matilda" is a Must Buy for any home with kids and a DVD player!
This film is as rich and delicious as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and is no more a "little girl movie" than "Wonka" was a "little boys' movie." For that matter, even adults will enjoy this one, especially when watching it with your (or anyone else's) kids. END
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Listen, you little wise acre. I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong. And there's nothing you can do about it."
- Harry Wormwood
After Matilda uses "Super Super Glue" to very sturdily glue her father's hat to his head; Zinnia is in the process of removing it]
Harry Wormwood: [rants at no one in particular] I will not be a figure of ridicule! I want respect and I want it now!
Zinnia Wormwood: I still don't see why you glued your hat on, Harry. I know you say you didn't, but you obviously did.
Harry Wormwood: I did not glue my hat to my head! The hat shrunk, the fibers fused to my hair!
Matilda Wormwood: [in a small voice] Hi, Dad.
Harry Wormwood: Are you in this family? [silence] Hello? Are you in this family?Read more ›
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this movie does not work. I tried on 2 other DVD players to make sure and still no luck. Disappointing! I would not recommend buying this DVD from this seller.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 22 year old daughter loved that movie when she was a kid.she asked a while ago if I see it get it.so santa (lol) is going to bring it to her.thanks.Published 15 months ago by danny fulong
It's a great kids story. Brilliantly acted by all. Fun, whimsical and the cast is fantastic. Every family should own this film....and the book.Published on Dec 4 2012 by A. Hollingworth
Movie arrived in proper time. It has already been enjoyed by children and adults alike. Was in great shape. Would order again.Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Currell
This movie brings back so many childhood memories! So glad it was quick and easy to purchase and no problem with getting here!Published on July 9 2012 by Reeta Singh
good product. I had some problems but they helped me out fully and it all worked out. They were great to deal withPublished on Jan. 20 2012 by Tfrag
I have seen Matilda so many times that it gets boring,but it's still wonderful.Miss Trunchbull is the only British character,despite the fact the book was set in the UK,not... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2006 by Aspro