Ok, so it’s not a ‘Christmassy’ film as such, but it’s now tradition that Mike and I watch this at some point over the holiday. It was on yesterday afternoon, and what a joy it was to watch with a cup of tea and a Yum Yum.
I love Roald Dahl, and this adaptation directed by Danny DeVito really honours the spirit of the book. The performances are excellent – Mara Wilson is very touching in the title role, capturing Matilda’s combination of loneliness and feistiness, and Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman as Matilda’s hideous parents are thoroughly, suitably, horrible. Pam Ferris, clearly having a ball, is memorably revolting as The Trunchbull, one of Dahl’s trademark grotesque authority figures.
Simon Pegg on Twitter described Matilda as “like Carrie for kids. Perfect Christmas viewing”. If you haven’t seen it, do watch it – you won’t regret it!