5 reasons why Matilda is a TOP film.

I've genuinely lost count of how many times I've watched and re-watched this film. I love it. Absolutely love it. And not only because books play a pretty big role in it (although that is one of the reasons, let's be honest), but because it makes me happy and reinstates my faith in life and magic, and that all good things come to those who wait.

Here are my five reasons as to why I think Matilda is a TOP film.

1.) It's all about the BOOKS! Well, not entirely. There are a few different things going on in Matilda's life but it's good old books that help Matilda to see through the dark clouds that surround her in her life. They provide Matilda with an escape, a place to go when real life gets too tough to handle. If you've watched the film, then you'll know all about that. Matilda's parents aren't exactly the most understanding of people, and her brother's a bit of an idiot too, let's be real. Matilda is left to her own devices 99% of the time. She manages to find her way to the local library and it is there that her love of reading begins to blossom and flourish, and there that she finds a safe haven to truly be herself in.
So a pattern begins. A routine. One which allows Matilda a reprieve from the people who really don't 'get' their daughter at all. There's a scene where Matilda snuggles down into a big armchair and cries and giggles her way through a pile of books, and honestly guys, this moment always gets me. I think it portrays so beautifully the magic and power of books. The safe-place they provide. It's gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I always felt that scene was possibly the moment Matilda was saved. Dramatic? Perhaps. But I know for a fact that all of us could have done wit a great big armchair and pile of books at one time or another to help us through.

2.) It's about facing your fears. It's safe to say that when Matilda goes off to school, she's expecting to find peace and kindness and education. Unfortunately, things don't turn out quite the way she was hoping. Aside from the wonderful friends Matilda makes and the golden-hearted Miss Honey, her new headteacher Miss Trunchbull is a monster. She's spiteful and harsh (although makes a ridiculously scrummy-looking chocolate cake), and pretty much can't stand children. Or cats. Matilda becomes strong and confident through her education and Miss Honey's guidance and eventually learns to stand against Miss Trunchbull, which is FABULOUS! She's a girl in a world of adults, besides a special few, who are determined to dull down her imagination, cleverness and pure brilliance. But does she let them? Hell NO!

3.)  It's about learning to stand for what you believe in. And Matilda does exactly this. Her father, who's a bit dodgy, deals with all sorts of car parts and sells them while not being entirely honest about it. Matilda's mother loves a game of bingo and enjoys catalogue ordering on a daily basis. While all this is going on, Matilda stands and watches these people she calls her family and wonders how on earth she's even related to them. It's not about being smart or clever in Matilda's mum's eyes. It's all about the looks and lipstick and the nail varnish. Matilda disagrees and throughout the movie, viewers see her become stronger and more determined in her own beliefs between what's right and wrong. It's totally empowering.

4.) Friends are the best! When Matilda manages to finally begin school and is introduced a number of new folk in her life, it's pretty obvious that friendship and companionship are things she's done without for a very long time. I adore watching Matilda create those relationships. It fills me with joy to see her stepping from out of the world she's spent so long feeling trapped in and making her own choices and decisions. Life is all about doing what you want to do, and Matilda learns to do exactly that with a few good chums by her side!

5.) Magic happens and good things come to those who wait. I swear, the ending to this movie makes me cry ALL OF THE DAMN TIME. IT IS JUST SO WONDERFUL AND HAPPY! Matilda gets what she's always wished for and the world finally seems right. It's perfect, completely uplifting and makes me want to dance with joy.

I would happily settle down right now with a cuppa and stick this movie on. It's pure brilliance and a must-see for all of the other book lovers out there who understand the sheer wonder of books and all that they hold for readers. So, that's it. My top five reasons as to why Matilda is a top movie. What about you? Do you have any favourites? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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