Conclusion: Matilda didn't strike me as a great film when I first saw it many years ago, but it has aged quite well. Sony's Blu-ray gives it the appearance of a film beloved by '90s kids, a label it doesn't seem to have earned but one you don't mind it wearing. After all, overstated or not, a generation's affections have yielded a delightful disc holding a long overdue widescreen feature presentation, worthwhile recycled extras, and an inspired cast and crew reunion you can only...
Conclusion: Matilda is a sweet and charming little movie about the power of hope, of kindness, of a desire to make things better rather than settle for whatever life seems to have in store. It's also, in a way, a frightening portrait of neglect, abuse, and misunderstanding. The film sometimes feels needlessly exaggerated but nevertheless cannot escape the innate charm and the satisfaction that comes with its final act.
Conclusion: Geared for the youngest among us, Danny DeVito's 'Matilda' is a delightful and a terrifically entertaining family children's film. Brimming with the sort of magic, fairytale charm, and inspiring wonderment that sets imaginations soaring, this Roald Dahl adaptation is one for the kids and for the adults still young at heart. The Blu-ray arrives with good picture quality and a stronger audio presentation.
Conclusion: Revisiting this film with this well-done Blu-ray release is quite remarkable: the presentation does not disappoint and the film remains one that should still enchant children. DeVito did a great job making this adaptation as director: Matilda is the best thing he has directed. The heart and soul in this film is sweet and has some good messages for kids (minus all the over-the-top bits). A young audience of viewers should still be able to discover and appreciate Matilda .
Excerpt: Matilda (Mara Wilson, Mrs. Doubtfire ) is an unusual young girl. Despite the fact that her parents (Danny DeVito, The War of the Roses and Rhea Perlman, Cheers ) are braindead slobs who spend their days swindling people, shopping and vegging out in front of the television, Matilda is a bright, wildly intelligent child who loves nothing more than to get lost in a good book.