Matilda 1*

1*. Preview. Matilda Wormwood is a precocious six year old, enchanted by books, trapped in an abusive family. Based on book set in a small English village described by author Roald Dahl, FBI agents (Paul Rubens as Bob) chase her dishonest dad Harry (Danny Devito) and mom Zinnia (Rhea Perlman). An academy of torture run by evil Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris in uglifying make-up, narrator of "Agatha Christie's Garden" DVD (5* review pending) bio set in her Devon home Greenway, and star of BBC TV mystery series Rosemary & Thyme) also bullies soft-spoken teacher Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz), who sounds British too.

I wanted to check out strong female heroes for children. But I was disappointed in the standard ugly equals bad and a supernatural solution. I did not find exaggerated abuse and murder funny, and preferred book. If you're looking for scary with fun effects, this film rates higher.
I guess Matilda developing telekinetic powers to vanquish threatening adults is better than an external deus ex machina fairy godmother.)

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