Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

The inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what's right, she's met with miraculous results.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Stars: Emma Thompson, Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee, Charlie Hodson-Prior, Meesha Garbett, Rei Yamauchi Fulker, Winter Jarrett Glasspool, Andrei Shen, Ashton Robertson, Ray Strachan, Ray Strachan, Ray Strachan
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • CorumJI - 29 December 2023
    I'm not the target audience...
    ... But it's an ok movie. The girl playing Matilda does an excellent job playing the role without seeming pretentious, and much of the rest of the cast does well. Emma Thompson is over the top, but it seems to befit the movie. I don't really think any of the songs are particularly striking or great, but I will state that the children selected for the dancing are pretty talented to be able to do even some of the moves (a few of which are likely to be adults with perspective shots to hide this), but even the synchronized stuff is impressively well done given the fact that many have to be young teens at best. All in all, it's a decent, watchable movie for adults, if not great. And it does represent a good movie in terms of social values, which is not always common these days. Also, if you're an adult, you should --seriously-- do a search on a mashup: search on "Matilda Rob Zombie". It's one of those things like the fabled "Dark Side of the Moon" with "The Wizard of Oz" that seem to match up very strangely.
  • imissapenandpaper - 16 August 2023
    Boring dragged out, two plots, average songs, average singers
    I'm an hour in and I'm considering turning it off knowing there is an hour left off this.. the little girl playing Matilda is an average singer at best, there a mix of two stories going on?! Why? Matilda was enough without some weird circus story wriggled through.. 60 mins in!! And there isn't even a sign of her having her powers yet it's so dragged out!

    And the songs....!?! Such dull melodies nothing catchy or that sticks nothing I have even nodded my head along too, not had a single hook stuck in my head so far, to be honest I can't remember a single one (that's how fun and catchy they are lol) and I'm still watching it.

    Honestly I keep hoping it will get better, better songs, better singing, better comedy, better story or should I say two stories.. I really don't get these raving reviews, Emma Thompson is an amazing actor but she shouldn't have to carry the whole film, I loved the Matilda before.. the one with Danny devIto, this one though... it's good to nap to maybe.
  • andrewmasonek - 11 January 2023
    Simply Brillant
    Myself the misses and her wee brother went to see this and it was absoultly magical. Crying, laughing and singing all in one movie this was truly the magic of the cinema. The performances were masterful especially Ms Trunchbull, Matiida and Bruce Bogtrotter. The dancing and choreography was excellent. I just didn't want the movie to end and the music had me swaying all the way home. It really was a musical that came to life on the screen. I suggest you grab your family and go to the cinema right now and watch this marvellous movie, you will not regret one moment or one penny spent, don't wait for Netflix go now!!!
  • rannynm - 6 January 2023
    Filled With Nostalgia, Catchy Songs And Fantastic Choreography
    Matilda the Musical is full of nostalgia and catchy songs, giving a new generation the chance to experience Matilda and her magic. Besides, who doesn't enjoy being a little naughty sometimes?

    Matilda the Musical is the retelling of the classic 1996 film, Matilda. Matilda (Alisha Weir) is a young girl with a brilliant mind and a vivid imagination. After meeting a kindhearted and loving teacher named Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda finally gets to go to school and get relief from her neglectful parents. It isn't all sunshine and rainbows, however, as she soon finds herself fighting back against the merciless principal of the school, Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson.)

    Matilda the Musical is a musical whose songs will stick in your head all day. The casting for this musical is perfect for the characters and the story, especially in the roles for Alisha Weir and Lashana Lynch. They are both able to convey the delicate and innocent personalities that are Matilda and Miss Honey. When they are on screen together, the only thing the audience thinks about is how they want everything to work out for them. Matilda and Miss Honey are the definition of lovable characters. The process of Matilda developing telekinesis seems somewhat rushed, though - it is such an important factor to the original story, and it might feel random or as though it came out of nowhere for some. We don't see Matilda building up her skills, so that is rather abrupt. The choreography, by Ellen Kane, is intricate and advanced. One of the concluding songs, Revolting Children, led by Hortensia (Meesha Garbett) and Bruce (Charlie Hodson-Prior) has choreography that has already become a fan favorite. The moves-combined with the talented dancers-capture everyone's attention.

    The message of Matilda the Musical is that if there is something in your life that you believe is detrimental, or not adding value, it's okay to move on. Matilda the Musical shows the audience that you don't have to feel bad for choosing something better for your life.

    I give Matilda the Musical 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. Matilda the Musical is available now on Netflix. By Maica N., KIDS FIRST!
  • etfudge - 3 January 2023
    cool songs!
    Emma Thompson's acting is great in this film and the casting for all the characters are really well done!! The songs are catchy and amazingly choreographed especially the Revolting Children one. All the dancers and actors are extremely talented and I enjoyed the plot as well.

    My only issue is I don't understand why Bruce wore a fat suit? It looks kind of strange and unneeded. And extremely out of proportion.

    I also liked the fact the Revolting Children song was mainly focused on the side characters (Hortensia and Bruce) other than Matilda.

    Nevertheless a lovely film adaption of the musical.
  • colleenstine - 1 January 2023
    More of this!
    I can't get over the creative genius behind this entire production. Alisha is a star; an absolute delight! I was in awe each time I watched as the ingenuity and unparalleled creativity revealed itself. Truly, the talent of every single actor just made my heart sing! It has to be said I am a fan of Broadway/musicals. But this show captivated my entire family and beyond! I can't wait to see more from every person involved in this. I would rate it higher if I could. It's one you can watch again and again and notice/be captivated by without end. I hope everyone will give it a deserved chance! Thank you to all who was a part of this!
  • RebeccaKeys84 - 30 December 2022
    Excellent adaption of the musical, NOT the 1996 movie
    I enjoyed this movie so much. Having seen the musical, I thought that it was an excellent adaption and found myself remembering it vividly. Some reviews compare this to the 1996 film, but they're two, different things. If you watch it knowing that, you'll probably enjoy this.

    I also really like the casting choices for this movie. Every time Emma Thompson was on screen, I was thinking "I hope she's nominated for some award for this." The same goes for the costumes; Trunchbull's outfits were amusing in their own right. Alisha Weir as Matilda and Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, the parents, the other children, I thought all of the roles were so well cast.

    This movie is an enjoyable watch and has some really great songs to put on repeat and sing along to.
  • tor-claesson - 29 December 2022
    Replacing the fun and excitement of the original with bad songs
    Even though I was an adult when first introduced to the original Matilda a few years back, I instantly loved it. Not only was it a rather smart and heartfelt story, but it also managed to make me laugh out loud more than once. All in all, quite the little gem of a film.

    This new musical adaptation, though? I suppose it does quite a decent job as a regular kids film, although it neither as suspenseful or as funny as the original. But it could have been an okayish remake, if not for a extraordinarily poor musical parts. Most of the songs are forgettable (and some downright bad) - and non of them fit into the film, but act as jarring pieces of rubbish you just want to fast forward through.

    As for the cast, Alisha Weir is good as Matilda. The others as forgettable as the songs they're forced to sing.
  • adriaanallers - 28 December 2022
    Parents beware. This movie is very disturbing
    I am not sure how this type of film can be watched with children. Yes the cast and everything is done beautifully. We can still not look away from the abuse and way children are being treated.

    I ask of any parent, young or old and if any religion to watch the first 40 minutes of this movie alone. This is honestly not something I want to bring into a loving family home.

    I am not sure what to write here more. I can only hope that we can move forwards with movie production where these type of stories is no longer bringing fear into the minds of our young ones. May we get to a place where our family values move away from this type of entertainment.
  • grantsandplanning - 27 December 2022
    Horrible pacing
    I was going into this film expecting it to be as good as the movie in the 90's. I was very disappointed on the pacing and parts they left out of the story from the original book/film

    The whole entire point of the beginning was to show how smart Matilda was before she went to school. Skipped all of that and we don't get a good look at Matilda's parents

    Cinematography was under par as well and could have been better. The use of very unfunny humour made me revolt from the cringe.

    All these things add up to an overall, badly made film which left a lot of disappointment to me. An overall under par film.