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Recommended age 8-12
102 minutes
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"Matilda" is a cute and loving classic film. Matilda (Mara Wilson) is born into a horrible family who neglects her and refuses to give her the love and affection she deserves. Matilda is a very bright and smart little girl with a special power. At age of four, she knows how to multiply big numbers. At the age of six, she walks to the library all by herself and teaches herself how to read. Matilda learns how to do everything by herself.

Unfortunately she is stuck with her horrible family. Her father is a cheat, lowlife man that buys illegal car parts and her mom is a big diva who plays bingo all day. On the other hand, if it wasn't for Matilda's dreadful family, she would not have discovered that her mind is so strong that she's able to move objects just by thinking about it.

I love the special affects in the movie. Matilda has the power to lift things with her mind and the way the camera angle is set up makes it look so realistic. I also like the narration throughout the movie because the movie skips parts of Matilda's life. Having the narration makes it easier to follow along with the storyline. I love how every role in the movie is such a despicable or unique character. There is a horrible, dreadful principal at the school, a sweet innocent teacher, a cheap dad and the awkward looking kids at school. What I didn't like in the film is how the horrible principal, Ms. Trunchbull, is very harsh and picks kids up from the hair and throws them or abuses them in other ways.

I really love the relationship between Ms. Honey and Matilda. Ms. Honey (Embeth Davidtz) is by far my favorite character because she is just so sweet. She takes Matilda as her own child because she knows how mistreated and neglected Matilda is. Ms. Honey has a genuine heart that makes her very lovable.

My favorite scene is when Matilda is four and is left all alone in the house and decides to start making pancakes from scratch. It is an adorable scene because normally a typical four-year-old wouldn't be doing that. So, it was very cute.

I recommend "Matilda" for ages 7-11 because it is a great movie for kids. It will make your entire family laugh. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars so go check it out. It is playing on HDnet Kids Scenes the entire month of July.

Reviewed by Jailene A, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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