Spare a thought for poor Matilda. In a cruel twist of fate and genetics, this sweet, gentle, book-loving little girl is born to the monstrous Mr and Mrs Wormwood: a pair of blinging, TV-bingeing, peanut-brained oafs who stamp on their daughter’s passion, tear up her novels and pack her off to the bleak Crunchem Hall.
If it’s possible, Matilda’s life is even worse under the school’s hulking headmistress Miss Trunchbull, whose inventive approach to corporal punishment includes hammer-throwing angelic Amanda Thripp by her pigtails and force-feeding hungry Bruce Bogtrotter with a chocolate cake the size of a monster truck tyre.
Fortunately, Matilda might have an ally in kind-hearted teacher Miss Honey, while the discovery of her telekinetic powers could be just the thing to take down Trunchbull.
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast: Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Thompson
Length: 98 minutes