Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl: Netflix movie review

Roald Dahl’s famous novel comes back to life in a musical version taken from a 2010 theater show, where the engaging skill of the cast in the dance and singing numbers shines above all.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical Official Synopsis:

Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is a very curious little girl with a sharp mind and a lively imagination…and the worst parents in the world. While dad and mom (Stephen Graham it’s atAndrea Riseborough) keep busy with trash TV and shady money-making schemes, she gets lost in the pages of her beloved books. They are loud, selfish and cruel, while she is a silent observer, plotting daring little acts of rebellion and revenge.

From the first meeting with the teacher Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda feels motivated and encouraged and starts imagining fantastic stories. Enthusiastic about attending Crunchem Hall, she is surprised when she discovers that the school is actually a creepy and oppressive place, controlled by the imposing and evil Headmaster Trinciabue (Emma Thompson).

Review of Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl:

We owe much of the children’s literature of the twentieth century to Roald Dahl. From the pen of the British writer, screenwriter and aviator, who died in 1990 at the age of 74, some of the most read children’s novels in the world were born, from The Chocolate Factory to the The BFGfrom Witches to Matilda. All stories then transposed to the big screen by the gaze of great directors such as Mel Stuart and Tim Burton, Spielberg and Nicolas Roeg, leading up to a recent musical version now on Netflix, which itself takes on the legacy of another comedy great, Danny DeVito.

He was the Italian-American actor, director and producer de The War of the Roses and Twinswho directed and wrote the film in 1996 Matilda 6 legendary, first adaptation of Dahl’s book published in 1988 and made famous by the interpretation of the then child prodigy Mara Wilson. The little interpreter of classics such as Mrs Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Streetin the version that many remember, was a daughter unwanted and detested by her parents, who, thanks to her fervent imagination and the precious bond with her tender teacher, found the strength and inspiration to rebel against authoritarian methods and very bad characters of the terrible Miss Trinciabue, director of the Crunchem Hall school.

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Matilda The Musical is an encouragement to rebellion

Twelve years after the musical of the same name replicated in many countries by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matilda The Musical transports its on-stage version to the American platform, however shot in numerous locations and also directed by Matthew Warchus, giving the public almost two hours of healthy entertainment of excellent quality, in which the great creative and productive work behind the work is preponderant .

The film, in fact, revives the already hilarious cult of ’96 by indulging in ample space for musical numbers and ballets well orchestrated by the excellent work of the ensemble with original songs written and composed by Tim Minchin and choreographed by Ellen Kane, who enhances his a large cast of little more than children and adolescents so precise and engaging that we forget for a moment their chronological age and their amateur nature. In addition to the talent of the protagonist Alisha Weir and the never obscuring presence of Emma Thompson in the role of the formidable and ugly Trinciabue, what is most striking is the talent and mastery of the scene that the little singers and dancers manage to bring out throughout the filmparticularly in the many song and dance sequences inserted in the school context on long corridors or in the vast entrance of the institute.

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Space for the power of imagination

Dahl’s is an exemplary and metaphorical story which even now, years later, has an important message to hand down to the new generations, and which he does not forget to address even the older ones with real reminders of kindness and self-determination directed at institutional figures commonly considered ‘oppressive’, such as parents or authorities. Matilda the Musical therefore exalts this magical gift of imagination, courage and union that characterizes childhood in spite of some adults who have assumed all the grotesque monstrosity and ridiculousness of those who seem to have nothing more to do with that world.

Whether it’s a 1990s book or film, an acclaimed musical or an imaginative and elaborate reworking that can be streamed, the power of texts such as Matilda survives the test of time and generational changeconfirming itself as one of the most representative of our childhood.

Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl: Netflix movie review