Movie Matilda (1996)

Watched 20100709 (Netflix, Instant)
Matilda (1996) Danny DeVito. 98 min [botnotsn (1988) by Roald Dahl]

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See, the bad guys in this movie are likable, both Trunchbull and the Wormwoods. Whereas the bad guys in James and the Giant Peach, James's aunts, weren't likeable. I suppose it helped that Danny DeVito was also the narrator. The way I see it, a bad guy can be good in two ways. One is the bad guy can have a likable quality, such as a redeeming character (ends up saving the protagonist), being so idiotic that he/she is funny, and harmless. The other way is the bad guy fully encapsulates evil. For example, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations is crazy and evil, Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix like Trunchbull is just evil, and Harry and Marv from Home Alone are just dumb. The Dursleys to Harry are like the Wormwoods to Matilda.

It's interesting that I draw a comparison between Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, as they are both based on books by Roald Dahl. Both movies came out in 1996. Of the two movies, I like Matilda better.

Excellent children's movie. Because the work it is based on is a work of fiction, I let the over-the-top unrealistic scenes in the movie slide. For example, one scene in the movie has a boy flying, but it looks fake. Oh well. Do watch this movie and enjoy!

The credits start with the main cast over solid-colored backgrounds, like orange and green. Other important people such as director and music composer are mentioned. Then the credits roll.

David Newman. I recently watched Fried Green Tomatoes for which his brother Thomas Newman composed music. Oh, I also recently watched James and the Giant Peach for which their cousin composed music. Apparently David Newman has composed music for many movies I've seen. I listed the movies I've seen below. Data scooped from Wikipedia:
1987 The Brave Little Toaster
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
1992 The Mighty Ducks
1994 The Flintstones
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop
1996 Jingle All the Way; Matilda; The Nutty Professor
1997 Anastasia
1999 Galaxy Quest
2000 102 Dalmatians
2002 Ice Age; Scooby-Doo
2003 Daddy Day Care; Duplex; How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
2005 Monster-in-Law

@30 The way she said she loved to read books... that was special.

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