20 years ago (motherfucker, what?) the beloved adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Matilda hit the big screens and became a DVD staple in the childhood homes of many… Myself included.
Matilda is one of those movies I always need to watch whenever it is on TV. It reminds me of curling up in front of the television when I was 6 with a bowl of Cheerios and a voodoo doll that looked exactly like Miss Trunchbull that I would poke at every time she would come up on screen… (Totally joking about that, they were Lucky Charms).
The movie stars, is narrated and directed by Danny DeVito, the latter two entering my psyche when I watched it at an older age. He, along with his real-life wife Rhea Perlman portray Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, the legitimately abusive parents to Mara Wilson‘s brilliantly portrayed Matilda. Embeth Davidtz portrays arguably the nicest, sweetest character in film history Miss Honey AKA Lane’s wife in Mad Men AKA my actual woman crush; from a young age I wanted to live with her and spend our days rollerblading in the house and stuffing chocolates in our faces and as I got older, I wanted to do all those things along with cuddling sessions after reading Moby Dick for the 4,000,000th time.
Cameos You May Have Missed
- Jon Lovitz appears as the host of that weird fucking game show where they lather shit on their contestants and molest up their bodies for a few dollars.
- Paul Reubens also appears as
FBI agent Boba yacht salesman.
As a child, Miss Honey had a doll named Liccy Doll that SPOILER her antagonistic piece of shit (probably) murderous aunt Trunchbull decided to take away from her who is saved by Matilda and rightfully given back to her. END SPOILER
One of the producers on the film is actually Roald Dahl’s widow, Liccy Dahl (doll.. Dahl… amiright?)
“My Mom’s Is Better”
Matilda is filled with memorable quotes and scenes, some of my all-time favourites, actually…
Harry: 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.
Miss Trunchbull: WHY ARE ALL THESE WOMEN MARRIED?
Matilda: Punished for being smart?
Harry: For being a smart aleck! When a person is bad, that person has to be taught a lesson.
The Trunch: They’re all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.
Arguably the most famous scene of the movie is the Bruce… Bogtrotter Chocolate Cake scene. This scene instilled fear into the hearts of many and gave new meaning to the saying “I PUT MY BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS INTO THIS SHIT.”
For the release of the 2013 blu-ray, the original cast got together and re-enacted the scene starring an older Miss Trunchbull and adult Bruce-Ridiculously-Good-Looking Bogtrotter.
Agatha Trunchbull: I have never been able to understand why small children are so disgusting. They’re the bane of my life. They’re like insects: they should be got rid of as early as possible.