There are movies that mark a whole generation, not so much because of its final quality, but because they fulfill a whole series of conditions that, in an iconic way, make it remain in the collective memory of pop culture. For this reason, the re-adaptations, sequels and prequels are so successful at a time when the industry, more than ever, intends to live on nostalgia. The last example is the Netflix musical on Matildaadapting the award-winning Broadway play, on the eponymous short story by the prolific Roald Dahl.
Those who grew up in the 90s know only too well the film Matilda. Directed by Danny DeVito, who also played one of the magical girl’s inconsiderate parents, it was a box office flop at the time. It had an approximate budget of $36 million and its collection of nearly 34 million worldwide, could not stem TriStar Pictures’ losses even though it received generally positive reviews. Now director Matthew Warchus has transformed the award-winning play Tony and Oliver Award in a Netflix musical. The official synopsis is as follows:
Matilda, a daughter very intelligent and an overflowing imagination, is taken to a reformatory school by her inconsiderate parents. There, with the simple support of a charming teacher, he will take the reins of a student revolution against the evil Miss Trunchbull. Beyond the novelties that the genre obviously brings (musical numbers, songs and choreographies), one of the strengths is its unrecognizable cast. Emma Thompson who plays Trunchbull and Alisha Weir like young Mathilde. The cast also includes Lashana Lynch as teacher Jennifer Honey and Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as frivolous parents Harry and Zinnia Wormwood.
Dahl is one of the most suitable children’s writers for the small and big screen. the curse of the witches, James and the Giant Peach, my friend the giant Either Fantastic Mr. Fox are some of the most relevant titles in the British author’s imagination. But without a doubt, its most recognized story is Charlie and the chocolate factorystory of which next year we will have a prequel called wonkawith Timothée Chalamet.
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