I was about 12 years old when I watched Matilda for the first time. I can’t say that I remember every detail like it was yesterday, but I do recall being deeply moved by Miss Honey’s (Embeth Davidtz) kindness and compassion. I remember wishing that I had Matilda's (Mara Wilson) telekinetic powers, just so I could finish my chores without lifting a finger. I also remember being so terrified of Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris) that she made my heart stop (anyone else have nightmares about her and that Chokey?).
Still, despite those scary moments, I found this movie oddly comforting because I was inspired by Matilda. I loved her boldness, her drive and her thirst for knowledge. But interestingly enough, I didn’t watch this film that often as a child, and I never thought to revisit the classic movie as an adult.