Danny DeVito | US | 1996 | 98mins | Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz
Roald Dahl’s classic about a young heroine with natural intellect and telekinetic powers who is woefully neglected by her uncaring parents is wonderfully adapted in Danny DeVito’s film.
Constantly belittled, Matilda also faces persecution from her violent, butch headmistress – the perfectly-named Miss Trunchbull – but finds solace in gentle Miss Honey, who helps her to hone her supernatural abilities in order to defeat both their demons. With Dahl’s trademark wicked edge, it’s deliciously fun.
Family Film - £2