Dir: Matthew Warchus | UK / USA | 2022 | 117 mins
Cast | Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Thompson
Please note the house lights will be slightly raised throughout this screening to provide a more relaxed and comfortable setting. Everyone is welcome to attend this screening, but we ask that you are mindful of the context and understand that people may need to regularly leave and return to the screening.
Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit Olivier-winning stage musical.
Let them eat cake! Chocolate cake! Dahl’s story of a neglected, prodigiously brilliant little girl is given joyous treatment in Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical. Matilda Wormwood (impressive newcomer Alisha Weir) has never been loved by her parents (played here with villainous glee by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough). Neglected, with only library books for company – books far more sophisticated than most adults can absorb – when the authorities notice Matilda has never attended school, her parents hastily sign her up for Crunchem Hall, headed by the fearsome Miss Trunchbull (Thompson). But while there, she also makes a valuable friend in teacher Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), who quickly recognises and starts to nurture Matilda’s astonishing – and magical – talents.
“A frothy, whimsical delight” ★★★★ The Independent