3 Enchanting Reasons Matilda Is Even More Magical If You Watch It as an Adult

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My love for reading predates my passion for just about anything, and while pages upon pages of fantasies and magical adventures have entered my life over the years, none have stuck with me in the same way as Matilda. At six and a half years old, this enchanting little girl could control the world around her with the wink of an eye or the wave of a finger and she quickly became my role model. Even moreso than the book by Roald Dahl, the 1996 movie made magic a reality in my mind, and there was nothing I wanted more than to accompany Matilda on a trip to the library or help her break into Miss Trunchbull’s (Pam Ferris) house to steal back Miss Honey’s (Embeth Davidtz) Lissy doll.

Now, as an adult, I find it impossible to think that I could ever truly outgrow my connection to Matilda (Mara Wilson) or her magical ways. If anything, watching this incredible film over the last two decades has only further shaped who I am as a person and kept my love for all things fantastical alive, whether they’re on a screen, on the pages of a book, or – sometimes – in the world around me. Here are a few reasons why this charming film has stood the test of time nearly 25 years after its release.

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