Matilda is a girl who, despite being brilliant, is resented by her parents for her existence. Her first time attending school, her excitement at learning from her soon fades when she finds the school under the tyranny of Principal Trunchbull. Matilda refuses to be subjugated by her and with her natural and supernatural abilities, she will seek her freedom and that of her companions and friends.
we all know the movie Matilda, which Danny DeVito directed by adapting the homonymous novel by Roald Dahl, has become a childhood classic for many millennials and the occasional Gen Z. It’s steeped in popular culture, which is why news of a new adaptation of this book was met with so much negativity (and a bit of racism). ). It’s easy to close off a new experience when you’re fixated on the past, so to talk about Matilda from Roald Dahl: The Musicalthe best of not mentioning DeVito’s version again.
Netflix gave us this Christmas a film adaptation of the musical Matilda which was written by dennis kelly Y Tim Minchin. Making the leap from theater to cinema can sometimes result in the elements of the former staying ahead of those of the latter, but the director Matthew Warchus He wants not only to take the work to the screen, but to free it from all the limitations of the stage and reality, reinventing it with the magic that an adaptation of Dahl’s work demands.
That leads us to see the musical numbers that begin in the cloudy reality, but then transport us to the world within the imagination of Matilda and her friends, it is in these moments where everything is filled with color and life, it feels like a breath of the cruelty they face. Once we are back to reality, the contrast that Warchus makes with the tones is and makes us feel the same regret as these characters.
As the film progresses, that fear and fear little by little turns into frustration, into courage, and finally it is the impulse to launch a rebellion. We as the audience aren’t really a part of it, but it’s impossible not to feel the adrenaline rush and excitement of watching these kids find their freedom to the beat of the music. There is nothing better for these times than movies like this and Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro who are promoting disobedience as the best method to fight against oppression.
But more than that, it is the story of two people who meet through the work of greater forces, who create a very deep connection by knowing the similarities of the pains they have suffered in their lives. The relationship between Matilda and Miss Honey is the heart of the film and it is in its development that the most moving moments of the film are found.
To play an exceptional girl like Matilda you need an exceptional girl and Alisha Weir it is with his talent in both singing and acting. She naturally manages to express that feeling of strangeness in Matilda and her desire for a better life. Her performance is complemented by lashana lynchwho delivers a simple and pleasant performance, but his strongest moments are shared with Weir.
The heroines would be nothing without a strong villain, Emma Thompson She barely needs makeup to disappear in Trunchbull, it’s remarkable that she has fun being the bad guy and gives us a great performance. It must also be said that the children’s cast in general is full of talent, no matter how much or how little they appear on the screen, these children give their all in the musical numbers.
Matilda from Roald Dahl: The Musical It has a lot of charm, anyone of any age who is willing to be carried away by magic can understand it. It is finally a film that has many valuable lessons about the way we use art to express ourselves and challenge order.
Original title: Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical
Directed by: Matthew Warchus
Screenplay: Dennis Kelly
Cast: Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sidhu Vee, Winter Jarrett Glasspool, Andrei Shen, Ashton Robertson, Meesha Garbett, Charlie Hodson-Prior, Rei Yamauichi Fulker, Carl Spencer, Lauren Alexandra and Emma Thompson
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